John Hughes admitted he felt for his players after seeing them left empty-handed despite a spirited performance against Oldham Athletic at Victoria Park.The Pools boss revealed that he had no issue with the decisions to send off Neil Austin or award an injury-time penalty against Jack Baldwin, but did feel they were harsh on his hard-working side.
After coming from a goal down to level through Antony Sweeney midway through the second half, it looked like Pools could go on and claim all three points but events took a twist and it was the Latics who celebrated the victory.
"It's so cruel because we put so much in to it and I thought we were spirited," he told Pools Player.
"It was especially cruel on Jack Baldwin - you'd want it to be anyone but him with him being so young but we will have to get around him and make sure it doesn't affect him because he's got a massive future at this Club.
"On Saturday I said that I wanted to see improvement as we go along and there was definitely improvement tonight, we passed the ball though I still think we can pass it better but we're beating ourselves.
"That's part and parcel of the luck we're carrying right now but all credit to the boys because even at ten men they showed the right spirit - we put Ryan Noble on and still tried to win the game so we're bitterly disappointed.
"Can we be better and show more flair in the final third? We'll keep working on it and hopefully come five o' clock on Saturday I'm discussing three points."
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