JORDAN Richards admits that the nature of the first goal was a “mental killer” during the 3-0 defeat at Carlisle United.
Pools had started brightly at Brunton Park only for Matty Robson to see his ambitious 25-yard effort ricochet into the bottom corner off the face of Sam Collins.
That took the wind out of the visitors and they were soon two down when Scott Flinders flapped at a corner-kick allowing Robson to steal a second.
And Richards told SportMail: “We don’t seem to find any luck.
“We get chances and they go wide or hit the woodwork, Jonathan Franks hit the bar early on.
“But then they got the lucky goal with the deflection.
“So it’s bad luck and mistakes.
“The first one especially is a killer mentally.
“We were in the game.
“Scotty had absolutely no chance and that goal gives them a lift.”
And Richards admits his own afternoon was not the easiest, especially up against former Pools man Robson, the home side’s star player.
“Matty played well – he’s not exactly the slowest,” he went on.
“I maybe could have done better to stop his cross for the third goal, but he’s a good player.”
Pools remain rock bottom of the third tier and without a win in 22 matches.
Richards, though, says a spirit remains inside the dressing room.
“The lads are gutted after every game and it does hurt,” he insisted.
“But you can see there is a togetherness and everyone is giving their all.
“The lads are still together.
“We’re still fighting to get out of this.
“It’s hard at the moment but we won’t be giving in.”