Colin Cooper admitted his side weren’t firing on all cylinders during their 3-1 defeat to Oxford United at Victoria Park.
In the build-up to the game, the Pools boss had spoken about the importance of making a positive start but it was the visitors who stole the lead on four minutes.
Luke James got Pools back on level terms just after the break but further goals for The U’s on the counter-attack and from the penalty spot condemned Cooper’s side to their first defeat in three games.
“I don’t think we were quite there in the first half – we didn’t offer enough in my opinion,” Cooper told Pools Player.
“To go a goal down so early when you are trying to impose yourselves on the game isn’t great and the nature of the goal from our point of view is disappointing.
“We felt like we were getting a foothold by half time and to start the second half the way we did was pleasing; it looked as though we just puffed our chests out and went for it for a spell.
“But the second goal when analysed isn’t great for us either and shouldn’t be allowed to happen; it’s not dissimilar to the second goal we conceded at Bristol last week I’d suggest.
“We chased the game and tried to force it a little after that and the last five minutes doesn’t look good because we’ve conceded a penalty, had a man sent-off and then another booked for simulation so that leaves a bit of a bitter taste.
“I don’t think we did enough to win but Luke had a chance to make it 2-2 and I think I would have taken that today because I didn’t think we were quite firing.”
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