RONNIE Moore refused to blame Marvin Morgan for giving the ball away in the build-up to the Bury winner on Saturday.
A 75th minute close range finish from Andrew Tutte proved the difference, with Bury taking advantage of a sloppy piece of play from Morgan on the half-way line.
He was dispossessed in the build-up to their goal, but Moore refused to lay the blame all at Morgan’s door.
Moore wanted to see one of his midfielders make a challenge on Danny Mayor as he broke with the ball before he was allowed to waltz past three Pools defenders and shoot at goal, with Tutte knocking in the rebound.
“I’m gutted about the goal,” said Moore.
“We gave it away on halfway, then the lad races up without a challenge put in, we made a save and then have two players at the far post to knock it away and they score.
“Marvin lost the ball, but they were still 45 to 50 yards from goal.
“I wanted someone to block him off when he came through, bring him down if you have to and take him out – knowing our luck they would probably have scored off the free-kick!
“We had chances to clear it, so you can’t single out one player when we had four chances to clear it.
“I’m not into fouling people, but sometimes you have to take one for the team and regroup.
“I’ve said in the dressing room that football is cruel.
“I couldn’t shout and scream and have a go.
“There was nothing in it – they got the breaks and we didn’t. What annoys you is that it’s not been a wonder goal that’s killed us.”
While Moore didn’t blame Morgan for the goal conceded, he was disappointed in his finish in the third minute, which should have given Pools the lead.
The 31-year-old’s shot was straight at Nick Pope in the Bury goal.
“Morgs should have scored early on,” reflected Moore.
“It was in front of our supporters and they have come down in numbers again and backed us, they are singing never say die.
“They are going to help us and we need to do it for them – look at their commitment coming here.
“I’ve no crystal ball, but if we score then against a team going for the play-offs then it’s a different game.
“Scott [Fenwick] would have scored that early on, but that’s no criticism of Morgs – I’ve seen strikers miss.
“I have seen Robbie Fowler miss chances, Ian Rush the same, so it’s hard to blame one guy.
“A target man isn’t a one in two, they get chances, but have to take them.
“We are a team - a group and no-one gets the blame.
“We work hard and focus on next week.
“But there’s a lot to do still and we haven’t kept a clean sheet away from home for a year or so and that needs to be put right.”