CAPTAIN Scott Flinders didn’t feel his Hartlepool United team-mates got what they deserved in the defeat to Bury.
The Pools stopper had a busy afternoon at Gigg Lane, keeping David Flitcroft’s side at bay in a busy first-half.
But a sloppy mistake from Marvin Morgan – who missed a glorious chance in the opening minutes – gifted possession to Bury and they broke at pace before Andrew Tutte prodded home the winner.
It was a devastating blow and one from which Ronnie Moore’s side didn’t recover, to leave them stranded by eight points.
Flinders felt Pools had battled hard and deserved to get something from the Sky Bet League Two match.
“We didn’t get what we deserved and that has been the story of our season,” said Flinders.
“We had the best chance of the game in the opening few minutes but it wasn’t to be. It was a hard defeat to take, given how much we had put in.
“The gaffer said afterwards in the dressing room that he couldn’t fault us.
“After Stevenage he had some strong words to say, but he didn’t have much to say afterwards on Saturday.
“He was just gutted for us.”
Flinders, who has kept just five clean sheets in the league all season, said the Pools defence knew exactly what to expect from Bury.
And for the opening 74 minutes they coped well enough and looked to be on their way to securing their first clean sheet on the road since March 11, last year. But the 75th-minute winner from Tutte proved decisive.
“That is the negative side of football, you get kicked where it hurts,” Flinders told SportMail.
“We were always going to be under pressure against a side like theirs and with their budget.
“They were dangerous from set pieces and we knew that was going to happen.
“The reports said that physically Bury are a strong side and the inswinger from free-kicks is a big danger for them.
“It is always challenging, but we gave away silly free-kicks knowing they were going to bombard our area.
“In the main, we coped okay and we had a few chances ourselves in the first half but lacked that level of pressure in the second.
“You have to come here and expect to be under pressure; we were just looking to nick a goal anywhere.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t get it.”