Crawley Town head coach Dermot Drummy admitted they should have secured three points on the road at Hartlepool yesterday.
James Collins' second-half penalty leveled up Lewis Alessandra first-half header after a missed Nathan Thomas penalty to extend Reds' unbeaten run to six matches.
They have won four of their last six in all competitions are sixth in League Two, but they spurned a number of opportunities in the north east.
Collins hit the post late on as Reds were held by their host and Drummy, while rueful of dropped points revealed he was not disappointed.
Speaking to the club's wesbite, he said: "I think we limited them to set-play in the main and played some great football.
"Credit to the lads to come here, it's a great point. We could have won in near the end, but it's a situation were James is absolutely a first-class player and works his socks off.
"He creates goals and worth his weight for us, if it goes in off the post it's a great goal.
"I'm not disappointed, I am not angry, just rueful that we could have gone away with three (points) and that would have been nice.
"I thought the combination play with Billy (Clifford) linking with James, that how I play 4-3-3 with one striker and players running off him. It was really pleasing and with a bit of quality we could have put the game to bed, but that's life."
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