Colin Cooper was left angry with his side after a slow start cost them dear in defeat to Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Pools boss saw his side fall behind in little over sixty seconds when Adam Webster bundled in from close range, before Andy Rafferty saved the team from further punishment by saving a penalty minutes later.
Cooper was clearly upset with the way his side had approached the early stages of the game and warned them that there was plenty of work still to be done between now and the end of the campaign.
“The first half was just not good enough – simple,” Cooper told Pools Player.
“At least in the second half we came out and stood our ground a little bit better and had a bit more action in their half was the first half was not good enough.
“To allow the ball in to our box in the first minute and defend it like we did was poor and to rub salt in to the wounds we did it again two minutes later and were it not for Andy Rafferty saving the penalty we’d have been further behind.
“The messages coming in to the game didn’t happen today and unfortunately for us Portsmouth took full advantage.
“We have one month to play for our futures – we still have work to do because our season is not finished.”
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