Dave Jones felt Wycombe Wanderers’ greater experience was the biggest difference as he tasted defeat on home soil for the first time as Pools boss on Saturday.
Adebayo Akinfenwa opened the scoring for the visitors midway through the first half and Paris Cowan-Hall made sure of the win with a second goal late on.
However, Jones refused to be over-critical of his young side and insisted that they could have had at least a share of the spoils if they had made better use of the ball in the final third.
“It’s probably smash and grab from them,” he told Pools PlayerHD.
“In the first half we suffered with one lapse in concentration but overall I felt we had enough chances and enough positions to do better and get an equaliser.
“Our final ball let us down; we got in to some great positions but shot over the bar or overhit a cross and they’re the problems we’ll keep on working on.
“When we got our best opportunity they just got in each other’s way but it’s frustrating because it wasn’t a bad performance – they just had more experience on the pitch and I think they used that.
“Where we are and the amount of players we’re working with, I can’t fault them. I get frustrated with a lot of things but we’ll change all that but it take a bit of time.
“We’ve been here six weeks and hopefully you can see the difference and what they’re trying to do.”
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