Reaction: Murray left frustrated as errors cost Hartlepool United

Hartlepool United Manager Paul Murray.  Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United Manager Paul Murray. Picture by FRANK REID

PAUL Murray was left to rue individual errors again as his Hartlepool United side were beaten 3-1 by Wycombe Wanderers at Victoria Park.

Wycombe’s Paris Cowan-Hall found himself free six-yards out to head Gareth Ainsworth’s side into a 1-0 half-time lead.

Neil Austin missed a 40th minute penalty which would have sent the teams in level and Pools were made to pay after the break.

Two quick-fire goals from Matt Bloomfield and Alfie Mawson condemned Pools to their 13th defeat of the season and they remain rock bottom of Sky Bet League Two.

Marlon Harewood did pull one back late on to make it 3-1.

Murray didn’t feel as though there was much in the game but was left to rue costly errors from his side.

“I didn’t feel it seemed like a game of top versus bottom,” said Murray.

“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 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.

“What Wycombe did have was reliability, they made very few errors.

“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 sloppy goals again.

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

Twitter: @RichMennearJP

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