JONATHAN Franks concedes that Hartlepool United’s “lack of cutting edge” again cost dear them against Tranmere Rovers.
Pools produced one of their better performances of the campaign but saw their winless run extended to 15 matches following a 2-0 defeat.
Franks, who was restored to the side in the wake of Saturday’s 6-1 drubbing at Chesterfield, was part of an energetic first-half display which saw Pools get at their visitors.
But when the opening period passed without score, it was Tranmere who stepped it up a gear after the break as they netted twice late on to move back to the top of the table.
“I thought we were the better side for the first 70 minutes,” said Franks.
“We passed the ball well and were positive.
“We were unlucky not to score but we just can’t put the ball in the back of the net right now.
“We just need that cutting edge which we’re lacking at the moment.”
Franks himself spurned Pools’ best chance when, within 60 seconds of the restart after half-time, he was sprung clear by a Steve Howard flick only to see Owain Fon Williams palm clear his early blast.
And he reflected: “I knew there was a defender at my backside so I had to hit it early.
“It was a nice height for the goalkeeper and I should have kept it on the floor.
“If I’d done that we would have scored and probably gone on to get something.
“A draw would have been a fair result I feel.”
He went on: “Saturday was so disappointing and we just wanted to forget about it and show a reaction.
The dressing room was fired up beforehand, it always is to be honest, and we were determined to put things right.
“I think we were better but we’re still looking for that win, we need it as soon as possible to be honest.”