Experienced Trevor Carson has been involved in enough pre-seasons to not get too worried following a heavy defeat.
The 27-year-old stopper played the full 90 minutes in the 4-0 defeat to Scunthorpe United at Victoria Park.
He was far busier than he had been in previous friendly outings.
But he believes the heavy defeat will prove a “blessing in disguise” and promises there is enough quality in the Pools dressing room to have a good season.
Carson ‘enjoyed’ a busy night, making several smart stops but he was also at fault for Iron’s third goal - misjudging the flight of Luke Williams’ free-kick.
The bubbly Northern Irishman was trying not to be too downbeat afterwards though.
“It is great to be involved but it is never nice to concede goals,” said Carson.
“I’d rather be busy than have nothing to do but of course I would sacrifice a quiet game for a positive result every week.
“There are still positives from the game though and, of course, negatives for us to work on.
“But that is what pre-season is all about.
“In training, I have seen a lot of good players over the years and it is about taking that into the match day.
“But the team spirit is great here and we’ll bounce back, it is maybe just a little wake-up call.
“Everything had been going great so far this pre-season but at the end of the day it is a results business.
“It is no good everybody getting along well if you then don’t get results.
“But last year [at Cheltenham Town] we lost every pre-season game and then won the first four league games.
“We have to put it right though, we know that.
“At the end of the day it is a friendly.We will brush ourselves down and go over some things but we won’t dwell on it.
“I have seen enough in training to know we are going to be a good side in this league.
“To be fair to Scunthorpe, they may not be one of the most glamorous sides in League One, but they will do well this season.
“This is a setback for us yes, but maybe a blessing in disguise too.”