Ronnie Moore admits his Hartlepool United side have a “lot of work” to do after the 5-3 defeat to non-league neighbours Gateshead.
Rakish Bingham hit a hat-trick for Pools but it wasn’t enough as the home side capitalised on poor defensive errors from Pools.
It meant back-to-back defeats for Moore’s side, with nine goals conceded in two pre-season games.
Pools, who again lined up in a 3-5-2 formation, have two more pre-season matches before the League Two opener against Morecambe at The Vic on August 8.
Reflecting on the defeat, Moore said: “It was not what we wanted and there is still a lot of work to be done on the back three and the wing backs.
“They need to understand their roles.
“We will go back to the drawing board on Monday and get it right.
“One thing we wanted to make sure this year was not conceding goals and keeping clean sheets.
“At this moment in time we don’t even look like we are going to keep a clean sheet.
“We are getting caught on the break and people are making mistakes.”
Goalkeeper Trevor Carson was taken off midway through the second half after tweaking his groin, he was replaced by ex-Gateshead stopper Adam Bartlett.
Carson will be assessed but Moore was hoping it was not too serious.