Craig Hignett insisted he could see progress and positives from his side despite an agonising 2-1 defeat to Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Saturday.
The Pools boss looked on as The Hatters went in front through a dubious penalty on the hour mark when Nicky Featherstone was adjudged to have deliberately handled Danny Green’s free-kick.
Adam Jackson nodded Pools level from a corner five minutes later but Hignett’s men were dealt a cruel late blow as Craig Mackail-Smith stole through to hit a winner on 86 minutes.
However, Hignett refused to be down-hearted by the result and was adamant that his side will soon pick up more regular victories if they continue to hit the same standard in the coming weeks.
“We deserved at least a point and I can see the improvement in the lads,” he told Pools PlayerHD.
“In the first half, even though we didn’t keep the ball well, the shape of the team was excellent and so was how they worked for each other, and we created a couple of chances as well.
“Then I thought we looked really good in the second half, keeping it and passing it – I’ve just told them that I can’t have a go at them if they play like that and they will win more than we will lose.
“We controlled the game in that second half; I thought we frustrated them and they resorted to long balls which was testament to how we played.
“I’ve asked the referee about the penalty and he says he’s 100 on it because Nicky’s hand was up and it hit his forearm.
“But I’ve seen it and it doesn’t – he’s got his arm in front of his face and it hits his elbow so I think it was very harsh.
“It was a good reaction from us; Adam Jackson attacked it well and once we were level I thought we were the only team going to win but then we’ve conceded a really poor goal defensively.”
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