Jake Carroll was critical of Hartlepool United’s defending and anticipation during the defeat at Wycombe Wanderers, writes Chris Bell.
The Irishman was deployed on the left side of a midfield that was over-ran by the Chairboys and failed to stem their attacks, with Michael Harriman exploiting weaknesses on the left with his two goals either side of half-time.
It was a case of two poor goals conceded
Clearly despondent with the result, the 24-year-old spoke in similar tones to manager Ronnie Moore when he expressed his frustration with a failure in accomplishing the basics.
“It was a sloppy performance,” the summer signing from Huddersfield admitted.
“It was a case of two poor goals conceded, the second especially had taken a deflection and lobbed over Adam [Bartlett].
“It was poor defending. As a group, poor defending.
“We were playing a lot of long balls, trying to get the knockdowns, but it just seemed to keep coming back at us and we were on the back-foot a lot.
“The ball wasn’t really sticking with our front men.We matched up formation wise so everyone had their own man and we knew our jobs.
“But we should have been getting more second balls that dropped. Every ball seemed to be dropping to them. We had a word at half-time and tidied up a little bit but the second goal is so disappointing.”
Carroll was particularly angered by the amount of free space that the hosts had to roam in, and the lack of pressing. “I think we should have been better, should have been tighter.”