A disappointed Ronnie Moore admitted his side had suffered an off-day during defeat to Stevenage on Saturday and hopes they can quickly recover from the setback.
Trailing at the break, Pools were quickly back on level terms in the second half thanks to substitute Scott Fenwick but the visitors restored their lead three minutes later and it proved the key moment in the game.
Victory would have dragged Pools within four points of safety and Moore could not help but feel that his side had missed an opportunity, admitting they were bullied by Graham Westley’s men.
“It was probably the most frustrating afternoon I’ve had since I’ve been here to be honest,” Moore told Pools Player.
“We’ve been set up and done reasonably well in the last few weeks but there was no tempo in the first half and I think we were bullied throughout the game, both attacking wise and defensively.
“We opened the game quite well, got the ball in good areas wide though the final ball wasn’t great; sometimes you have to make a bad ball a good ball but it kept coming back at us far too easily today.
“This was the most important game that this Club has had for donkeys, it was just so important that we won today – it’s frustrating because we know we can do an awful lot better.
“I just hope we can put this down at an off-day – to be consistently good at this level is hard but we probably had three or four today who had stinkers so I hope that’s the end of that.”
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