JAMES Poole admits Hartlepool United still had enough time to salvage a result during the 1-0 defeat at Coventry City despite the “ridiculous” decision which allowed the only goal.
Pools were undone by Fred Graham’s non award of a free-kick when they felt defender Peter Hartley was impeded by Cody McDonald, the City striker then running clear before finishing.
But Pools failed to create an opening of note during the remaining hour and, for Poole, both the losing goal and lack of cutting edge were a point of frustration.
“I thought it was a ridiculous decision,” the 22-year-old told SportMail today.
“It was right in front of the linesman and he could see it was a foul.
“The ref had a good view of it as well and I don’t even need to see it again to know it was a foul.
“You’re just waiting for the whistle to go.
“How he’s not given it is beyond us.
“It was a good bit of defending from Peter, he got his body in the way and the only way for the other lad to get the ball was to foul him.
“But you can only blame the officials to a certain extent because we still had an hour to get back in the game.
“I thought we were the better team and got into some good positions.
“It’s just that quality which we need to find because it has been there.
“The last couple of weeks that has deserted us a little bit though.”
Despite the defeat, Pools remain six points from safety going into tomorrow’s relegation face-off at Oldham Athletic.
And that, argues Poole, is a cause for positivity.
“The gap of six points is two games, or even just a few days if we look at this week coming up,” he went on.
“We’ve still got 24 points to play for and that’s more than enough.
“We’re not getting battered and we’ve come away from the last few disappointed that we haven’t picked up more.
“So Saturday was a bit gutting because I thought we deserved at least a point.”