Craig Hignett admitted his frustration as Pools were undone by their defending at set-pieces coupled with a lack of clinical finishing in defeat at Eastleigh on Saturday.
The Pools boss had spent time discussing The Spitfires’ threat from dead-ball situations but three goals from corners gave his side a mountain to climb at The Silverlake Stadium.
To their credit, they recovered well from each setback and played some brilliant football at times but found home keeper Luke Southwood in inspired form.
“There are so many positives, but the negative things are the set-pieces,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.
“They’ve scored from three set-pieces. We’ve had little things go against us, of course, but you have to defend set-pieces because it’s massive in this league.
“Losing Fraser Kerr was a major thing for us because he’s been putting his head on everything but unfortunately in the warm-up he wasn’t right, was ill and physically sick so he couldn’t play.
“But we spoke today and all my talk was about defending set-pieces because Eastleigh like to put it in the box so it makes it more frustrating because they all knew what to expect.
“With the ball we were good and carved out five good chances in the first half – how we didn’t go in three or four up I don’t know but we have to be ruthless and we weren’t.
“On the whole we played well and I think we probably played better in this game than we did against Wrexham and that shows we aren’t a million miles away.
“I want to get rid of us going out there hoping to play well and hoping to win – I want us to expect to play well and expect to win and I think you can it’s slowly turning.”