Ronnie Moore said he was “disappointed” with Hartlepool United after seeing their 100 per cent League Two run come to an end at Stevenage.
Pools had won their first four matches - three in the league and the Capital One Cup upset at Fleetwood.
But they came unstuck at Stevenage, a goal apiece at the end of each half from Fraser Franks and Brett Williams giving Teddy Sheringham his first win in charge at Boro.
Moore was upset to concede the first in stoppage time from a corner, Franks heading in from Steve Schumacher’s flag-kick, with Williams scoring the clincher two minutes from the end against the run of play, seconds after Rakish Bingham saw a shot blocked.
“A lot of people will be disappointed, we’re disappointed,” said Moore. “2-0 flatters them.
“I really don’t think there was anything in the game then bang, they get a goal before half-time which changed the game.
“I thought at half-time ‘we can win this if we up the tempo’.
“We did that for 20 minutes and it’s unfortunate when we were attacking and were the team on top - and should have had a penalty - they break away and score in the 89th minute.”
Moore felt Pools should have been awarded a spot-kick when Bingham’s shot was charged down, but referee Charles Breakspear was unmoved.
Pools were not short on chances.
Bingham had an opening in the first period, keeper Chris Day making a good reaction save with the striker hitting the sidenetting in the second half.
His flick on also put Rhys Oates through but the sub’s first touch was too heavy and while he got his shot off, Day saved.