Richard Money insisted he was disappointed but not disheartened after seeing his side slip to an agonising defeat to Gateshead at The International Stadium on Boxing Day.
The Pools boss saw the hosts race in to a 2-0 first half lead but they nearly came back for a point when Liam Noble scored from the spot on 87 minutes before missing a second penalty in injury time.
Money accepted that he and the players were hot happy with the 2-1 defeat but he felt that Pools were the better of the sides for much of the contest on Tyneside.
“I don’t think we’d have been stealing a point had it been 2-2,” Money told Pools PlayerHD.
“We brought great travelling support here this afternoon and when we walked off the pitch at half-time we can hear that they are disappointed.
“I wouldn’t want anyone to think that we’re happy enough with the scoreline but I thought we were the better team throughout the whole game.
“We’ve come off the pitch at half-time 2-0 down because we’ve conceded two horrific goals that shouldn’t happen at any level but not this level, for sure.
“I think apart from hitting the bar in the first half – and we also hit the bar in the first half – I can’t remember them having another shot in the game, unless I’m mistaken.
“In the second half it was just constant attack from us and trying to make sure we didn’t get caught on the break, and if we’d scored the goal earlier then maybe the result is different.
“Liam Noble is very disappointed with the second penalty, he’s just dragged it and it’s hit the post but it happens in football unfortunately.
“I’m not discouraged by what I saw. To play the way we played today doesn’t happen overnight so we need to keep working on it and try to get better at it.”