Colin Cooper has admitted his players fell short during defeat to Cheltenham Town but challenged them to make sure they finish the League Two season strongly.
The Pools boss saw his team beaten 1-0 at Victoria Park courtesy of a second half goal from Jermaine McGlashan to all but end their slim hopes of reaching the play-offs.
Afterwards, Cooper was clearly frustrated but insisted that the players must make sure they hit back in the final six games so the season doesn’t end in a whimper.
“If I’m brutally honest we were just short today,” Cooper told Pools Player.
“Whether that’s down to youth or tiredness and whatever it is, we have to accept it – we huffed and puffed, looked after the game and had more crosses and shots than them but we’ve got suckered in the end.
“Today is on the back of a disappointing week but I was looking at some of the younger players today and it looked as though they were giving every inch of what they had left.
“I’m frustrated and disappointed for the players and the fans but most of all I am disappointed that at the end of a long week, three games have dictated where we are.
“I’ve challenged the players now to finish as high as we possibly can and not let the season drift because that wouldn’t be a justifiable end after what they’ve given.”
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