John Hewitson spoke of his frustration after seeing Hartlepool United’s reserves being held to a 2-2 draw at Chesterfield in their final Central League fixture.
The club’s youth development manager was in charge of a largely-teenage Pools side at the Proact Stadium.
Pools twice led Chesterfield only for the hosts to come from behind to earn a point.
“It’s very frustrating because that is a game we definitely should have won,” admitted Hewitson in an interview with Pools’ website.
“We created four or five really good chances at the start of the second half and that’s the period when we should really have put the game to bed.
“The lads know they need to defend better but if you put your chances away then it gives you that bit of breathing space.
“As it was, we were forced on to the back foot late on and ended up conceding what was a bit of a sucker punch because we were the better team for the majority of the game.”
Pools opened the scoring on 20 minutes when Josh Hawkes slipped the ball through for Liam Travers to finish well.
The Spireites levelled eight minutes later through Jake Beasley, who beat Ben Dudzinski after Pools failed to clear Charlie Wakefield’s free-kick.
Pools returned to the attack with Dylan Parkin saving well again to deny Jack Blackford for a second time.
However, Pools regained the lead with the first attack of the second period with Travers stabbing the ball home after Devante Rodney’s shot had been blocked.
The goal lifted Pools who turned it on going forward, with Hawkes, Jake Orrell and Travers all having opportunities.
Rodney had one of the openings of the match when he beat the offside trap but Parkin got something to his shot and defender Dylan Hand cleared off the line.
Parkin thn thwarted Blackford froim close range but with eight minutes left Pools were made to rue not converting their chances when the Spirites levelled through sub Josh Tipping.
Pools: Dudzinski, Nearney, Pollock, Fielding, Martin, J Orrell, Wood, Hawkes, Blackford (Weirs 87), Travers, Rodney (Simpson 87). Subs not used: Catterick, Owen, L Orrell.