Sloppy defending saw the hosts score twice inside the opening quarter-hour to take a strangle hold on Tuesday evening’s encounter, though Pools did look a better side after the break.
However, despite some pressure on The Hatters goal, it was the home side who had the last laugh when they broke to add a third goal near the end and seal the three points.
“We just couldn’t buy a goal when we had the pressure,” Jones told Pools PlayerHD
“I couldn’t them fault them after the first fifteen minutes – they regrouped well and we just needed a bit of luck in front of goal, a bit like they got with the ricochet for the third.
“I thought we worked hard, dug in deep and we had a lot of young kids out there learning their trade so it’s hard but a team in fourth playing a team where we are, I couldn’t fault them to be fair.
“It’s hard to have a go apart from about the first fifteen minutes; we were solid, we knocked it about well and had them chasing – we just needed that final ball.
“I don’t think there deserved to be three goals between the sides; if we had got one back it would have given us a lift but the last goal they scored should have been cleared.
“It’s hard just now and that was a harsh lesson but as long as they learn from it we will be fine.”