John Hewitson was left to rue some slack defending which left Pools with a mountain to climb in their FA Youth Cup tie with Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night.Pools found themselves three goals down by half time after conceding inside the opening couple of minutes and Hewitson admitted it was a long way back for his youngsters against a talented Terriers outfit.
"We killed ourselves really by conceding so early with some poor defending," he admitted.
"The second goal was an individual error and I also think we should have defended the third goal a lot better and not given the lad so much space to have a shot on goal.
"When you get goals like they did it gives you bags of confidence and we just had to try and dig ourselves out of an extremely deep hole.
"I don't think you can argue that they were the better team and had some better players on the night, but I think some of ours could have stepped up a bit more.
"If there was a positive it was that we stuck in during the second half and our general play did get better, but by then the game was practically over."
After reaching Round Three this season, Hewitson has immediately set his sights on improving on that in next year's competition.
The prestigious FA Youth Cup is the pinnacle for any young player coming through the ranks and he says that there is no reason why Pools can't extend their involvement next time around.
"Getting to the Third Round has to be a foundation point for us.
"We got knocked out in the First Round last year so we've improved this time around but I still have higher ambitions for this Club and I want us to go further and further.
"I believe we have some special coaches in our Academy and some hard-working and passionate staff at the Club.
"We're in a football area, we care about the game and we want to drive things on and compete against clubs who perhaps have more money to play with. I'm confident we can do that."