Ronnie Moore wanted goals from set-pieces. But the header from Fraser Franks was not quite what he was looking for.
The Hartlepool United boss told SportMail last week that he wanted goals from dead-ball situations.
But Pools conceded from a corner at Stevenage in first-half injury time and then at the end of the second half, they leaked number two via a route-one Boro goal.
“We’re disappointed in the defeat and the manner of it,” said Moore. “It wasn’t as if they were cutting us open.
“It was self-inflicted.
“We work all week on set-plays and the benefit of set-plays and we concede one on half-time.
“You have to be disciplined to make sure no-one gets away from you, you need to get your body in the way.
“We didn’t, they scored from it and it gives them a lift going into half-time. It’s a game changer and we have to start chasing the match.
“In the last 20 we really pushed them, should have had a penalty, had a couple of little half-chances but we didn’t take them.
“Then we get done by an alehouse ball over the top.”