Craig Hignett praised his side for showing their battling qualities but admitted they came up just short in their encounter with Solihull Moors on Saturday.
Adi Yussuf’s 58th-minute goal – his fourth in as many seasons against Pools – was enough to clinch the points for the visitors and keep up their push for the National League title.
However, Hignett said he was pleased with many aspects of his team’s display despite the defeat and insisted there were positives to be taken from the afternoon.
“Solihull a really good side who do what they do and they do it very well,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.
“We knew what we were going to face and the first half was a real battle because they put balls in the box and put us under pressure so we had to stand up and be counted.
“In the second half we changed it a bit and thought we had the better of it but there was nothing in the game really, it was really close and individual errors cost us in the end.
"Scott Loach was outstanding during the first half when we faced an onslaught and when we needed him he was there every time so it was a little harsh on him to make the mistake for the goal.
“I won’t hold it against him because he was magnificent in the first half and kept us in it.
“We showed some bottle in the second half, a bit of character, rolled their sleeves up and had a right go – it wasn’t to be today but there are a lot of positives to take.”