Craig Harrison was once again left frustrated as Pools continued their search for a first win of the new season following defeat at Bromley on Saturday.
The Pools boss watched on as the hosts scored a goal in each half to secure the three points but he admitted it could have been different if his side had made the most of a bright opening half hour.
“I think we started the game really well,” he told Pools PlayerHD.
“Up until they scored the goal – which was the first time they went in to our penalty area – we were in complete control of the game.
“You have to score when you’re on top in a game but you’ve also got to be resilient enough not to concede if you come under a bit of pressure.
“We’ve spoken about it again and again but we’re then chasing the game and the mentality changes – you can only do that so many times and today we couldn’t do it.
“We have to stay in games and be better as a team defensively – at the moment we look like we’re going to have to score two or three goals to win and it can’t be like that.
“We have to give ourselves a better platform and a foundation to work from.”
As well as the disappointment of defeat, Harrison looks likely to be without Louis Laing for upcoming games after the defender was forced off with a hamstring injury during the first half.
“He’s just over-stretched so we’ll have to assess that on Sunday and go from there.”