Craig Harrison’s assertion that he has “something special” in the dressing-room gained more credence as Hartlepool United did it again.

The it in question was transform what was an ugly first half struggle and turn it into a beautiful day on the English Riviera.

Torquay United tore at Pools in a very one-sided opening 45 minutes and heaven knows how half-time arrived with no goals on the flash scoreboard at Plainmoor.

However the second period was something different as Pools buried the memories of a woeful first half by digging out a highly-impressive and professional victory, courtesy of their leading scorers.

Rhys Oates headed in his fourth goal of the season, via a Blair Adams cross, in the 54th minute and Jonathan Franks sealed the points 14 minutes later.

That it came via a helpful deflection bothered boss Harrison not one bit.

The manager had seen his players “ride the storm”, as he described it, before emerging with their fourth away win of the season to move them up to 12th in the National League.

While the goals were well-taken and at vital times of the contest, Harrison agreed that the victory was built on character.

“Definitely,” he said. “I’ve said it before for a few weeks now that we have something special here.

“They will run through a brick wall for each other.

“We have a real tight-knit group here, not just players but staff too.”

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