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Change of pace

Thomas reflects on Pools point

2 November 2019

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Wes Thomas felt an increased tempo was influential as we came from two behind to earn a point against Hartlepool.

The striker netted his second brace of the week in the 2-2 draw, taking his tally for the season to seven and making him our joint leading scorer.

And Thomas thinks the way we mixed our play up after the break made a big difference to the outcome.

“It was a game of two halves,” he said. “We didn’t start well and were trying to be patient but we needed to stretch them.

“We did that for my first goal and the increased tempo helped us to put pressure on them, and then we got the second.

“I think that shows that sometimes we can have success by mixing things up and stretching teams a little more.

“It was a case of working harder, too, and we hoped for three points today, but it wasn’t to be.”

Thomas’ goals couldn’t have been more different – the first coming as a result of his willingness to chase down a lost cause, and the second a real striker’s finish.

And he feels he knows the secret to increasing his tally.

“I have to keep working hard,” he said. “The harder you work, the luckier you become.

“I didn’t think I was going to get to the first one but I saw the defender stumble and was able to get the ball over the keeper.

“We clashed knees and I thought I might have to come off so I was glad I could carry on.

“The second was a case of being in the right position. Regan Booty picked me out and I just guided it into the top corner.”

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