Hippolyte says Maidenhead United 'bossed' the 1-1 draw at Wealdstone
Magpies boss Johnson Hippolyte claims his side 'bossed' Saturday's 1-1 draw at Conference South strugglers Wealdstone FC.
United needed an 86th minute equaliser from Dave Tarpey to rescue a point after Shaun Lucien's 71st minute opener, but the Magpies could have been out of sight after a dominant first half display.
The visitors forced 12 corners in the opening 45 minutes and saw two shots cleared off the goal line, but couldn't make the crucial breakthrough.
"If you'd said to me at half-time we'd get a point, I'd have been disappointed," said the Magpies manager.
"Because we were so dominant in the first half. I thought like last weekend against Staines it would be a matter of time before we scored, and we'd then go on to win comfortably.
"We bossed it, we had possession. Our keeper had one save to make and we had four chances. If we'd lost today it would have been like Farnborough again (Where Maidenhead United failed to take their first half chances and fell to a 1-0 defeat at York Road) because I thought that over the 90 minutes we were the better side."
Afterwards Hippolyte said it was 'not a bad thing' to come away with a point from away games.
"We had two shots cleared off the line," said Hippolyte.
"And one shot that hit the keeper that he knew nothing about.
"We were really dominant and had a lot of chances. But last year we'd have lost that game so it shows we've come a long way.
"It's not a bad thing to come away from home (and pick up a point).
"These teams are fighting for their lives. It pleases me that we've come here and I've gone away thinking we should have won that. And we were comfortable for 80 per cent of the game."
The Magpies boss also hailed his side's character for coming from behind in the final 10 minutes, and added that United could do little to stop Lucien's brilliant opener.
"We showed our character," he said.
"We refused to be beaten. We kept going and got our just rewards.
"We done our homework (on Lucien) and done it right. But the boy's got a bit of quality about him and he's put it in the top corner to be fair to him."