Richard Money admitted that Pools were beaten by the better team at Harrogate Town on Saturday but bemoaned the fact that his players contributed to their own downfall.
Even a Scott Loach penalty save in the first half couldn’t prevent Pools from slipping to a 3-1 defeat at The CNG Stadium with none of the three goals they conceded particularly pleasing on the eye.
Afterwards, Money paid tribute to the performance of the hosts but was critical of his side’s defending after the concession of some sloppy goals in front of the television cameras.
“I thought Harrogate were very good and the best team won – they were better than us in every aspect of the game,” Money told Pools PlayerHD.
“We brought three players in yesterday and threw them straight in to the starting line-up so it was always going to go one of two ways.
“It could have been that those players hit the ground running and everybody gets a lift to help us walk off the pitch smiling or it could have been a bit of a car crash, which it looked at times.
“We looked like strangers and I suppose you’re asking one or two who have been at the Club for a while to step up and make their mark but we weren’t very good all over the pitch.
“You cannot believe the goals that we conceded. Four minutes in to the first half and five or six minutes in to the second half – every coach in the country would be saying the same thing about that this afternoon.
“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb and even when we got back in it we can’t stop the cross or win a header and I would suggest if we can’t do either of those two things we’ll continue to concede goals.”