Craig Hignett admitted defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge was a sore one but said the players were punished for not staying switched on in the closing minutes of the game.
The Director of Football took temporary charge of First Team affairs following Matthew Bates’ departure but he couldn’t oversee an end to the recent run of National League defeats.
Liam Noble slotted home a penalty inside fifteen minutes to put Pools in the driving seat and they went on to dominate against their in-form hosts – only to concede an equaliser in the 90th minute and then a winner in injury time to make it seven league losses in a row.
“For 88 minutes I thought we were fantastic,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.
“It was everything the fans want to see and everything we want to see. We had chances, we hit the post, we had penalty shouts and I think the game should have been dead and buried.
“Unfortunately we haven’t carried that on for the 95 minutes we needed to and we’ve conceded a couple of sloppy goals – and that’s been the story of what’s been happening.
“We’ve had a chat but it’s hard to go in there and say I couldn’t have asked any more of them because I could have asked more from them – the last five minutes is the most important part of the game.
“If I am honest, I didn’t really see them scoring. I thought we looked solid though we did get a bit stretched in the last five or ten minutes when they went for it, but you expect that.
“We’ve come off very disappointed because we know that if you put in a performance like that you should be winning the game by three or four really.”