JAMES Poole has called on his Hartlepool United team-mates not to dwell on the 3-0 defeat to Bury but instead use it as a learning curve for the rest of the season.
Pools were comfortably beaten in the end and despite Colin Cooper’s men creating more opportunities they failed to break down a solid and well-drilled Bury side.
Poole, one of the few bright performers, said Pools cannot keep giving teams a head start in matches but has backed them to bounce back from the latest defeat.
“With any team you can get results and performances like that, even at the very top level,” he said.
“But the most important thing for all of us now is that the Bury game is done.
“We can learn what we have done wrong but we can’t dwell on it.
“We can’t let that affect us as we have half a season to go, that is massive and there are so many points to play for.
“We will learn from our mistakes and you sometimes learn more from games like that than you do in games like Morecambe, for example.
“As bad as it is, it is only going to help us in the future.”
The 23-year-old said it was always going to be difficult to come back from being 2-0 down within the opening 12 minutes.
Poole, with four goals to his name this season, said: “When you give any team a 2-0 lead in the first 12 minutes, which we gave to them really, then you are setting off on the back foot and that has happened a few times this season.
“They got the lead, put a lot of men behind the ball and defended well and it is really hard to break teams down when they set out like that.
“If we can just keep it 0-0 a little bit longer then we wouldn’t be faced with the same game as it was against Bury.
“They struggled to get out of the half and the wind was quite strong, similar to Cheltenham, and we were camped in their half but that was their game plan and they didn’t mind that.
“They set up to play against that, to condense the space and not let our players have a lot of time and space.
“Fair play to them, they came here, got the early lead and defended it well.”
Poole, who partnered 10-goal top scorer Luke James up front, was restricted for space but still looked dangerous when Pools did manage to go on the attack.
The forward added: “It is a hard position to play because at Morecambe I had loads of space and if you give any player a lot of space it makes them into a good player.
“Likewise, if you give a player no time, put pressure on them and get tight then it is very hard to play, even at the top level.
“But the game was a strange game because once we conceded the second, we looked to play a little bit more but we were already 2-0 down.”