Craig Harrison was critical of his side’s defending as they gave away a one-goal lead to taste defeat against Maidenhead United at Victoria Park.
Jake Cassidy had nodded Pools in to a deserved first half lead and they looked to set to build on that after a strong start to the second period.
However, the concession of a sloppy equaliser just before the hour mark was compounded when The Magpies grabbed a winner in the closing stages.
“We’ve created good chances but we haven’t defended in key periods of the game,” Harrison told Pools PlayerHD.
“It doesn’t matter who you play, they’re always going to have a few opportunities but you have to see them off, shut the back door and go forward again – we just didn’t defend like we should do, it was poor.
“We had started the second half really well and for ten minutes or so we were on the front foot but then they scored and it just seemed to suck the life out of us for a period and we didn’t really get going again.
“We should never have been in that position though because I felt like we were in cruise control and on top of the game, creating opportunities – the second goal would have killed them off but we can’t a be a team that needs to score twice to win a game.
“We want to go looking for the second goal and today we could have had three or four but there are going to be times where you have to win the game 1-0 – today we just showed our frailities.”