Craig Hignett not overly concerned by Hartlepool's home form

Craig Hignett not overly concerned by Hartlepool's home form

Hartlepool have yet to win in four games at home this season, but manager Craig Hignett is unconcerned.

Pools drew 0-0 with Mansfield at the Northern Gas and Power Stadium, missing a number of chances to gain those elusive three points.

Hignett, however, admitted he is unconcerned with the run and insists maximum points are not far away.

"Barring their one chance when Trev (Carson) saved from (Matt) Green we were in control," said the Pools boss.

"I felt one goal would make the difference, it would have been enough, but we were disciplined and organised enough to keep a clean sheet.

"Mansfield put us under pressure and if you don't match that then you won't get the better of them and you will lose and we did that (matched them)."

Pools have taken four points from two games after being thumped 6-1 at Stevenage, and Hignett added: "Our discipline, organisation and determination were good.

"We looked like we were up for it, in the final third we needed a bit more care and concentration to get in and we didn't show enough.

"We've not won at home, but it doesn't bother me. We have taken good steps after losing at Stevenage. Home wins will come and we aren't a million miles away.

"Newport and today and first game of the season we could have won and were the side most likely to win it.

"We want to win at home, to make it a fortress, and we've not been beaten today."

Pools had clear openings to win, with Josh Laurent going close three times. The last chance was his best as goalkeeper Scott Shearer tipped over a rising drive from 12 yards.

After a goal was ruled out for offside, home skipper Billy Paynter had Pools' best chance, but his close-range finish cleared the crossbar.

At the other end, Pools goalkeeper Carson saved well, standing up to Green as the striker went through on goal.

Stags boss Adam Murray said: "I'm happy with a point. We looked a bit disjointed in the first half so we tweaked a few things at half-time and then improved on the back of it.

"We are being totally open and honest as a group this week and we spoke to the staff and feel like the start of the season has been bitty and bobby and a bit disjointed.

"As a group we have drawn a line under the off-the-field issues - Matt Green hasn't been himself and we've missed him. He's now about to extend his contract which is a massive thing for the group.

"Now Adam Chapman is leaving the club - a bit of upheaval for the group - but we feel we have come through it now. We have ground out a point, taken a draw and we haven't even found our feet yet.

"After today we wanted to come here, get something out of it and get home. We've done just that."