SCOTT Flinders took no solace from his own heroic showing during the 3-1 defeat at Colchester United.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper was left exposed on countless occasions by the defenders in front of him and was ultimately helpless in preventing the treble concession.
Amid those goals Flinders did manage to pull off a string of top-drawer saves to keep Pools in the game, but a cutting edge at the opposite end of the park was also sadly lacking.
And the Pools No.1 told SportMail today: “I made a few saves, but it’s not something I can be pleased with.
“Yes, it’s nice to make those saves, but we lost and conceded three.”
Pools had earlier taken the lead through Craig Lynch, but defensive errors from Sam Collins and Peter Hartley allowed Gavin Massey and Jabo Ibehre (2) to secure a first win of the season for The U’s.
And Flinders said: “We started well and took the game to them, had a good finish from Lynchy but then gave away sloppy goals again.
“We’ve had a good week working hard defensively on the training ground.
“We went into the game full of confidence and then we shot ourselves in the foot before half-time.
“The two goals are the sort that come when you are down at the bottom of the league.
“It’s not as if teams cut us open and score good goals, it’s down to us and individual mistakes and it’s got to stop.”
He went on: “We started really well and have in other games too, but we went ahead and slipped into our bad ways again.
“We need to look hard at ourselves and decide where we go.
“We have defended well in recent seasons and that’s what we need to get back to.
“I try my best to see what’s happening and going on in front of me and let them know, but some of the lads aren’t playing with confidence and it’s hard.
“Everyone has to look at themselves, me included and we have to work on it.”