"I thought the game was very poor," said the Rovers boss. "Both sides struggled in front of goal and the pitch did not help. But it was a clean sheet for us and a point and I suppose I have got to be reasonably happy.
"I know the fans were not happy and it looked a game in which both sides were frightened to lose.
"We didn't perform well enough and a draw was probably a fair result.
"Hartlepool came with a game plan and frustrated us. Our keeper only had one real save to make and their keeper did not make many saves also."