Hartlepool United manager Craig Hignett felt it was important to get Tuesday night’s match against Chesterfield out of the way despite a flat display on the field.
Peter Kioso’s early strike from close range got the hosts off to a great start at Victoria Park but a failure to kick-on proved costly as Tom Denton headed in an equaliser eight minutes before half-time.
Pools struggled to create any meaningful chances while limiting a struggling Chesterfield side to very little in a match that will go down as one of the more dull affairs of the season.
“It was flat, everything was flat, the fans were flat the players were flat,” admitted Hignett.
“After Saturday it was expected, it was important we showed everyone the real Hartlepool with the togetherness we demonstrated as a club and we did that.”