Ian McGuckin admitted he had no complaints about the result as Pools Youth Team suffered a damaging 3-0 defeat at Rotherham United on Saturday.
Pools’ youngsters dropped to fifth in the Youth Alliance League North East Division table following the loss and are now six points behind leaders Grimsby Town with four games left to play.
Having beaten Chesterfield last time out and already tasted victory over The Millers twice this season, Pools approached the weekend game with confidence but things quickly began to unravel.
A risky back-pass proved their undoing for the first goal as the Rotherham striker nipped in to challenge for the ball and when it ricocheted in to the space it was the home side who reacted quickest to knock it in to the net.
The hosts took their lead in to the break but Pools began the second half strongly and Jack Leonard had a couple of great opportunities to score but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Rotherham doubled their lead just after the hour-mark when a shot from the edge of the box was parried by keeper Brad Young but again The Millers forward reacted quickly and slotted home from the rebound to make it 2-0.
Pools were then left with no choice but to chase the game and near the end Rotherham were able to grab a third when a long ball over the top freed the striker who produced a brilliant lobbed finish to seal their win.
“Our concerns before the game were about any complacency sneaking in and I’m not sure if there it was down to that or just the simple fact things didn’t work for us,” explained McGuckin.
“We didn’t play anywhere near the level that we are capable of and Rotherham worked hard for their win and deserved the three points – I have no hassles about saying that.
“There were a few individual errors which really cost us but it just wasn’t our day if we’re being honest so all we can do now is try and brush that off and build towards Saturday.”
Full Time: Rotherham United 3 Pools 0
Pools: Young (Roxburgh 85), Pritchard, Thompson, Miller, Webster, Leonard, Boyle, Naylor, Shepherd, Fox (Willoughby 75), Scott (Chapman 80).
Subs not used: Sturdy, Pilling.