Craig Hignett refused to be critical of his side’s performance but admitted they lacked ruthlessness in the final third as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Grimsby Town on Saturday.
Pools had the lion-share of possession and the majority of the best chances in the game but were undone by The Mariners’ new recruit Adi Yussuf who converted the only goal after 34 minutes.
Hignett’s men dominated a one-sided second half but could not break through a determined visitors’ defence and were left to ponder their first defeat of 2017.
“I thought we played well, particularly in the second half,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.
“We were the better side, we pushed them, we had a go and I am disappointed we didn’t win the game because we had enough chances so to come away with nothing is hugely frustrating.
“As far as the performance goes, the work rate and the way we looked I thought it was excellent but if there is one criticism it’s that we weren’t clinical enough in the final third and, until we are, we will struggle to put games to bed.
“We’ve had the ball flash across the goal, we had chances with Padraig and Billy, we’ve had one off the line and we’ve had a blatant penalty in the first and I don’t know how it wasn’t given.
“Our decision-making wasn’t great at times and when we did get the chance I quality let us down so, although I’m not disappointed with the performance, I am disappointed and frustrated with the result.”
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