Craig Hignett admitted his side were not positive enough as they fell to defeat at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.
The Pools boss was left frustrated by a lacklustre performance against The Chairboys, who took full advantage to secure three points with a 2-0 win which lifted them in the play-off zone.
After enjoying some good form and scoring plenty of goals away from home so far this season, Pools struggled to create the same level of opportunities as they have done in the past.
A goal in either half from Man of the Match Scott Kashket did the trick for Wanderers and consigned Pools to a fourth consecutive defeat on the road.
“I thought it was too easy for them, if I’m honest,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.
“Wycombe didn’t do anything we didn’t expect them to do but we didn’t cope with it very well and we were poor with the ball, didn’t move it quickly enough and our touch was off.
“We weren’t positive all afternoon and we looked a little leggy at times – we’ve had a few games recently but that’s no excuse so we’re all disappointed.
“We had an off day today, there’s no doubt about that; the game seemed to pass us by without anyone trying to get hold of it by the scruff of the neck.
“We had two or three chances to play people in and overhit passes which is not like the people who did it and, on the whole, the quality wasn’t good enough and we gave away two sloppy goals.”
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