RONNIE Moore felt his Hartlepool United side were “bullied” by Stevenage in the 3-1 home defeat that left them seven points from safety.
The Pools boss was left frustrated after seeing his side miss the opportunity for a fourth straight home win at Victoria Park.
Instead, he witnessed a poor display from his side with Marvin Morgan and Marlon Harewood, in particular, having a bad day at the office.
Defeat left Pools seven points adrift of safety at the bottom of Sky Bet League Two.
Frustrated Moore said: “This was the most important game this club has had in donkey’s years.
“We could have, after seeing the results, been just four points short.
“I know we can do an awful lot better and it’s so disappointing.
“We were bullied physically out there.
“We have four lads over six foot and the strikers never won a header first-half, second half we didn’t dominate enough at the back.
“The strikers first-half weren’t good enough and we hope that’s a one-off for them - it wasn’t good enough today.
“Both were poor from the start and if I had another striker I would have changed them both.
“We got back into the game, scored, and then threw it away again.”
Scott Fenwick equalised within four minutes of coming on but then a double from Ben Kennedy sealed the win for Graham Westley’s Stevenage side.
Moore also slammed the defending for the first goal, in particular, Michael Duckworth unable to deal with a diagonal 60-yard pass.
He added: “First goal was Sunday League defending, then second from a set-play.
“Switch on all the time. You cannot concede the goals we did today.
“They worked hard up front and that’s what we needed, when we didn’t get it.
“The ball doesn’t stick and it’s hard.
“When the defenders were put under pressure they didn’t defend like they can.
“It’s food for thought and we are still looking for that striker.”