Dave Challinor felt his side paid the penalty for not finding a way of turning their dominance in to the opening goal as Ebbsfleet United became the first side to win at The Vic since New Year’s Day.
Gozie Ugwu’s penalty 12 minutes from time proved the difference during an ugly encounter but the Pools boss refused to be downbeat despite the 1-0 defeat.
“Football is about moments and what we needed to do was get that first goal,” he told Pools TV.
“They have come here to frustrate and will look at it as a good away performance but I thought we wasted the first 25 minutes and didn’t put them under enough pressure.
“We had a decent spell either side of half time and I suppose the key moment comes when Aidan has a free header in the middle of the goal because if we get the first goal it potentially opens up.
“Things become more and more frustrating in terms of how the game panned out so we’re disappointed but we have to keep believing – because I still absolutely believe.
“We’d love to have won today but we haven’t so we have a chance to put that right at Sutton.”
Challinor was shown a red card following the final whistle as he went on to the pitch in an attempt to diffuse a situation in which tempers had boiled over.
He confirmed his intention to appeal against the sending-off and said it was much ado about nothing as he and visiting defender Ado Obileye both saw red in the aftermath.
“I’ve had over 500 games as a player and 500 as a Manager and that’s the first red card I’ve received.
“There was nothing in it – I am sure I would know and the player involved would know if we’ve headbutted each other and it wasn’t that.
“I was trying to control the situation so I have already spoken to the referee about it and I will speak to all the relevant people and see what gets done about it.”