Craig Hignett admitted his side lacked a little bit of quality during defeat to Bromley on Saturday but the Pools boss refused to be critical of the players at the end of a long week.
Two well-taken first half goals did the damage for the visitors and Liam Noble’s fine strike in second half injury time came too late to be anything other than consolation for Pools.
However, Hignett was not unhappy with the efforts of his players who were clapped from the pitch at the full-time whistle by another patient home crowd.
“I won’t make excuses because I think Bromley were really good,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.
“They put us under pressure and asked us questions and today we didn’t quite have the answers.
“In the second half I couldn’t fault them. We had to have a go and we did go a bit gung-ho, rode our luck sometimes leaving gaps at the back but we were trying to get back in to the game.
“I think if we had scored earlier then we would have probably nicked something from it but I don’t want to take anything away from Bromley because I thought they were excellent.
“I am disappointed with the goals we conceded. The first was a great finish but the lad taking the throw-in is a foot on to the pitch and the official on the near side has to see things like that.
“The fans want to see the commitment and the passion and the will to win and I think we had all that and sometimes you will lack a bit of quality but the fans were brilliant and stayed with us.”