Matthew Bates admitted his frustration as Pools fell to a sixth successive defeat at the hands of AFC Fylde at The Super 6 Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Coasters went in front late in the first half when Danny Rowe nodded in his 14th goal of the season before substitute Arthur Gnahoua’s deflected shot found the corner to make it 2-0 on 74 minutes.
Liam Noble climbed off the bench to offer Pools hope with a late penalty but they couldn’t find another route to goal and the visitors claimed all three points.
“It was very frustrating,” he told Pools PlayerHD.
“I thought we did enough on the day to get something and I don’t want to sound like I’m making excuses but the little things aren’t going for us at the moment.
“We played some good football at times and the attitude, work-rate and desire were all there – yes, we were poor defensively in the second half but we were chasing it trying to get a goal.
“We’re very disappointed, the lads are very disappointed but I can’t ask any more of them – we ask them to give everything they have and I think they did that tonight.
“We have to keep working hard and preparing right and the win will come. We need it sooner rather than later, we know that - we’re not stupid or naïve – and when it comes hopefully it will kick-start us.”