Pools boss Craig Harrison was encouraged by his side’s performance in the 1-1 draw with Chester but admitted they still need to be sharper in both boxes.
The visitors were in front inside sixty seconds when James Akintunde punished a defensive error but Jake Cassidy headed a leveller twenty minutes from time to secure a share of the spoils.
However, Pools were dominant for the most part and created a host of opportunities, hitting The Blues’ woodwork on three occasions as they produced their best display of the season so far.
“I think tonight we’ve been unfortunate not to take three points,” he told Pools PlayerHD.
“We started the game poorly and gave them a 1-0 advantage and whatever level you’re playing at the opposition are going to manage the game but we still created so many chances.
“We’ve hit the cross bar three times and their keeper has made three very good saves so it’s certainly the best we’ve performed by a long shot.
“Just speaking to the boys at the end of the game, we know we have to be more ruthless in their final third and our final third.
“It was very encouraging tonight but I know what we’ve got and that is probably only 75% of what we’re capable of so we just need to keep going.
“Today was another step forward and although I think we’ve lost two points the performance gives us the platform to build on for Saturday.”
Harrison confirmed that the injury to Blair Adams which forced the left-back’s half time substitution is not serious and he should be fine to make the weekend trip to Bromley.
“It was just a dead leg – not a recurrence of a muscle injury.
“He took a knock early on and couldn’t run it off but he should be fine for Saturday.”