Craig Harrison felt his side were hard done by not to at least get a draw as Sunderland scored late to run out 2-1 winners Tuesday evening’s pre-season friendly at Victoria Park.
The Pools boss saw the Black Cats go in front through a dubious penalty before Ryan Donaldson fired home a leveller in the second half which looked like ensure the game ended all-square.
However, Jeremain Lens curled home an immaculate free-kick in the final minute to hand Sunderland the victory and leave Harrison disappointed for his players.
“From start to finish the decision-making was great and we played some good football,” he told Pools PlayerHD.
“We’ve scored a good goal, had eight or nine corner and we put them under pressure; we worked on things in training yesterday and they’ve done everything we asked of them.
“It was a great ball through by Munnsy for the goal and Ryan showed great composure to finish – it was a just a shame Podge didn’t get a goal because he was brilliant tonight, I thought, he led from the front.
“Sunderland have got some real quality in their side with lads who have played hundreds of league games and even internationally so it was really encouraging to see how we played.
“It was a brilliant night; there was nearly 5,000 here and the noise when we scored the goal was great so I am just disappointed we haven’t come away with a positive result.
“It’s pre-season so we will still have a lot to work on but if the lads give that kind of effort every game and every day then we won’t be a million miles away.”