Craig Harrison bemoaned his side’s failure to kill off Gateshead as they were forced to settle for a point despite twice leading against The Tynesiders at The Vic on New Year’s Day.
With injury biting to prevent Scott Harrison from playing and Louis Laing only fit enough to take a place on the bench, Harrison turned to Keith Watson who made his first start since September.
And the Scot scored early in the first half to put Pools in front and then restored their lead in the second with a sweet strike only for the visitors to respond with a leveller to secure a share of the spoils.
“You have to say it’s two points dropped after being ahead twice in the game,” Harrison told Pools PlayerHD.
“I think over the season we have given up a lot of points from winning positions. I think sometimes we get caught between seeing the game out and becoming solid like we did at Orient or do you go and try to get the two-goal deficit to put the game to bed?
“We certainly need to manage the game a little better and hopefully if we get some more experienced players fit then better decisions will be made on the pitch.
“Scott Harrison was injured and Louis Laing wasn’t 100% fit so Keith Watson had to play and it’s paid dividends for us with his two goals – he took them well, particularly his second one.
“It was just more than disappointing we couldn’t see the game out. “We’re certainly not happy with it but it’s another point on the board, we scored two goals and we looked capable of scoring more so we have to try and take those positives.”