Murray: Individual errors cost Hartlepool United dear

Marlon Harewood is fouled to give Pools a penalty.
Marlon Harewood is fouled to give Pools a penalty.

FRUSTRATED Paul Murray didn’t feel there was much to separate Hartlepool from league leaders Wycombe Wanderers but was left to rue costly individual errors.

The Pools manager believes his players are suffering from a lack of concentration at key moments, a problem they have been unable to solve all season.

Jordan Richards allowed Paris Cowan-Hall a free header in the first-half for Wycombe to open the scoring before two quick goals in the second sealed the win.

Sub Jonathan Franks gave the ball away for the second, eventually scored by Matt Bloomfield, before Alfie Mawson was allowed a free header to make it 3-0.

Conceding sloppy goals continues to haunt Pools.

“It’s about the desire of individuals to stop making mistakes,” said Murray.

“It’s not concentrating – what are we thinking about at the time?

“It’s about stopping your man from getting the ball - I don’t know if we are concentrating enough - It’s been a factor all season.”

Despite a second successive 3-1 home defeat and a sixth loss on home soil this season, Murray didn’t think there was much between Pools at the bottom and Wycombe at the top.

Murray added: “I didn’t feel it seemed like a game of top versus bottom.

“But they didn’t make that many mistakes and we were caught out with individual errors again.

“That has been happening all season.

“We had a few half chances and Marlon [Harewood] did well to get the penalty.

“To go in at 1-1 we would have been very pleased with that, having started the game brightly.

“We thought the penalty was going to be the lifeline but to not hit the target and make the keeper work is very disappointing.

“I went in at half-time very angry.

“It is cutting out those errors and we will continue to work hard on that.”

Murray said the squad had been working hard on defending all week so he was disappointed to concede three poor goals again.

“We worked on a lot of stuff but it fell on deaf ears,” added Murray.

Player coach Sam Collins missed the match with a knee injury, while Michael Duckworth also missed out with a groin injury picked up against York City.

“Ducky we are not sure, maybe the weekend,” said Murray.

“Sam we are assessing.”