Richard Money was left frustrated as Pools were beaten by Maidstone United at The Super 6 Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Pools boss saw his side recover quickly from the concession of an early goal as Jake Cassidy scored against the club with which he’s spent the last three months on loan.
However, The Stones scored again just before half-time and that proved the crucial moment, leaving Money to ponder a painful home defeat.
“It was a disappointing day for everybody,” Money told Pools PlayerHD.
“After winning on New Year’s Day it would have been ideal to back that up with another win, especially at home in front of the supporters.
“Maidstone came and set their stall out with nine behind the ball and asked us to break them down and at times we looked like being able to get through them.
“But it’s in those moments when we’re attacking that we look the most vulnerable so that’s something we have to look to rectify as early as we can and in the long-term.
“In the last couple of games we’ve built the play up really nicely and played some attractive stuff but today we probably overcooked it, played too short and in to the press too often, didn’t recognise when the traps were set and played ourselves in to trouble.
“We gave the ball away in poor areas and not been able to defend in those situations so although I won’t say it’s a step back, it was certainly a chastening sort of afternoon.”