Ronnie Moore insisted his players need to start giving more back to the supporters after they fell to a damaging home defeat to Stevenage on Tuesday evening.
The Pools boss admitted his disbelief as his side fell two goals behind to the visitors, who had started the night just four points above Moore’s men in the table and without a win since mid-December.
However, two goals from substitute Tom Conlon gave Pools a mountain to climb and it proved too steep despite skipper Billy Paynter pulling one back in the second half on his first start after injury.
“I’m devastated with the result when you look at how important that game was,” Moore told Pools PlayerHD.
“We might have games in hand but if we keep losing them then we’re going to be in trouble and this was a great opportunity to bring us closer to Stevenage in the table.
“I couldn’t believe the first 35 to 40 minutes; we looked a bag of nerves, we were giving it away, we were slashing at balls on the edge of our box and the keeper has had to make two world class saves to keep us in the game.
“The first goal is a hell of a finish but it’s a left-footed player we’ve let keep coming inside on his left foot and then we came out second half and conceded such a sloppy second goal.
“I honestly didn’t see that sort of performance coming; we’ve got nearly 3,500 people here again willing us to do well but they’ve got to give them more as a team and as individuals.
“We’ve thrown away a great opportunity today – but we’ll have another great opportunity on Saturday.”
Watch the full post-match video interview with Ronnie Moore soon on Pools PlayerHD.