Craig Harrison admitted his side had not been clinical enough in either final third as their five-game unbeaten run was ended by Eastleigh at Victoria Park on Saturday.
The Pools boss was left disappointed with the way the team defended the visitors’ set-pieces but was equally irritated that they passed up some presentable scoring opportunities at the other end.
Harrison insisted that the performance overall wasn’t one he could grumble at too much but said the players let themselves down at vital moments as The Spitfires left with all three points in a 2-1 win.
“It was very frustrating,” he told Pools PlayerHD.
“I didn’t think we were bad by any stretch of the imagination but at key times in the game we weren’t good enough.
“It wasn’t a very good game, in general – they took the tempo out of things which was a gameplan well executed and then they’ve done us on two set-plays which we have defended really poorly.
“If you look at it we’ve probably had more chances than we did in the Dagenham, Wrexham and Orient games put together – we’ve had four good ones and scored another.
“Munnsy has come on and took his goal well and maybe if we’d got that five or six minutes earlier we could have built some real momentum.
“But it’s a recipe for disaster if you can’t defend set-plays and then you don’t take your chances at the other end, so we’re all disappointed.”