HARTLEPOOL United suffered an agonising late defeat at Cambridge United but Paul Murray saw positive signs from his players.
Pools slipped to the bottom of the Football League after Harrison Dunk’s 88th-minute winner at the Abbey Stadium.
Earlier Pools had put a terrible first period behind them when Brad Walker’s 59th-minute shot had levelled up Ryan Donaldson’s first-half opener for the U’s.
“The first-half was tough,” Murray said.
“Physically Cambridge were massive, you look through their team and they were all six foot two, six foot three.
“I think first-half and the lads were shell-shocked.
“It was physical, we weren’t getting tight enough or in people’s faces, which is a minimum requirement for me.
“We had a good chat at half-time, we had to rally the troops a bit and make changes.
“We had a couple of good passages of play and got one goal and could have had another one.
“Then a lack of concentration at the end did us.
”But the second-half was encouraging, there was good spirit and some positive signs.”
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