Matthew Bates admitted his side weren’t clinical enough in front of goal and gave away a poor goal as they were beaten by Ebbsfleet United at The Super 6 Stadium on Saturday.
Pools enjoyed the lion’s share of the chances during the game but were undone by a 70th-minute strike from substitute Corey Whitely to taste defeat for the first time this season.
However, Bates was upbeat about the way his side performed but he insisted they must sharpen up in both boxes when they move on to play Braintree Town on Tuesday night.
“I thought we were good again,” he told Pools PlayerHD.
“In terms of opportunities created I thought were the better side and deserved the three points but it was poor defending and we didn’t convert our chances.
“We had a couple of openings early in the second half and we need to take them because they don’t come round all the time – we can’t need four, five or six chances before we score, we have to be more ruthless.
“It was a game of fine margins though; I was happy with 99.9% of our play but we weren’t good enough in their box and we have to look at the defending for the goal.
“It’s just disappointing because the performances have been up there in the first three games and we could have had nine points.
“We’ve not got the return we wanted from the first week – the challenge is to make the second week a better one.”