“Another one ticked off for where we want to get to”.
That was the reaction of boss Dave Challinor after Aidan Keena’s superbly-taken late winner at Solihull Moors took Hartlepool United a confident step closer to the National League’s play-off positions.
Pools ended their wait for an away win in dramatic fashion when Keena converted Macauley South-Hales cross five minutes from time.
It was the first away victory since the 5-1 romp at Chesterfield and it came just at the right time for Pools, who are now up to eighth.
Challinor’s side are now level on 54 points with Notts County and Solihull Moors and just four points shy of third-placed Halifax, though he Shaymen have two games in hand.
The Pools manager is not getting carried away but the result has put his team right the mix ahead of Saturday’s visit of Ebbsfleet to Victoria Park.
“It was an archetypal away performance,” said Challinor.
“One great forward run and pass and then Aidan doing what Aidan does and, ultimately, wins us the game.”