Dave Jones felt his players were their own worst enemies as they were beaten 2-0 by Portsmouth at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Former Pools loan man Kal Naismith fired the visitors in front in the first half before laying on the second for substitute Gary Roberts after the break to help Pompey close in on promotion.
The defeat left Pools five points above the drop zone in League Two and boss Jones says it’s time for the players to cut out the silly mistakes that continue to hurt them week after week.
“We started well but caused our own downfall by doing stupid things that we’ve been trying to eradicate from our play,” Jones told Pools PlayerHD.
“For spells of the game I thought we matched them and with perhaps a bit more belief and bit more quality around the place then we could have got something.
“We could have gone 1-0 up if we picked the right pass and the right weight, then we could get back to 1-1 when we hit the post so we’ve had our opportunities.
“It was two good sides out there today but they had that cutting edge that we don’t have at the moment but it’s something we’re trying to get.
“The players are working hard but sometimes when things don’t go your way or you’re not having the best of games the old traits fall in and we’re trying to stop that.
“Maybe one or two of the players have got carried away with performances in the past so want to do something different – that’s all the things we’re trying to change but it takes time.”
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