The footballing gods are not looking down on Hartlepool United – that’s the view of boss Matthew Bates.

Pools were robbed of their first three points and clean sheet of the season by a 90th-minute Mohamed Bettamer strike at Braintree Town on Tuesday. And having dominated proceedings on the day Bates feels his side did not get their just rewards for a hard night’s work.

In fact, he knows Pools are at least four points shy of where they should be this season in the fifth tier, having also conceded a late leveller at home to Harrogate.

“The footballing gods are not looking down on us right now,” said Bates. “On another day it is 7-1 to us.

“We missed a penalty and a load of chances. We are gutted.”

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