Matthew Bates admitted his side were made to pay for some uncharacteristically sloppy defending as Sutton United came from behind to claim all three points at The Super 6 Stadium.
Pools looked in pole position for a third consecutive home win when goals from Niko Muir and Liam Noble in the first five minutes of the second half saw them take a 2-1 lead.
However, The U’s reacted impressively to launch a fightback which culminated in Craig Eastmond driving home an excellent winner to condemn Pools to a 3-2 defeat.
“Defensively we weren’t at it today and the lads admitted as much afterwards,” Bates told Pools PlayerHD.
“But there can’t really be too many fingers pointed because we’ve obviously we’ve been brilliant at the back all season but we had one of those days.
“We created a lot of chances but it didn’t fall for us and Loachy hasn’t much to do apart from pick the ball out of the net three times so it’s been a frustrating afternoon.
“At half-time I was confident we could go on and win the game because the way Sutton play and with the wind the way it was they would have given anyone a hard time in the first half.
“We knew it would change and it did early on; we wanted the third goal and had a really good chance at 2-1 but it didn’t fall for us and then we’ve made mistakes which have cost us.
“We’ve had just three defeats in seventeen but now we need to start another run so we’ll dust ourselves down and go again on Tuesday.”