GUTTED Ronnie Moore was left “annoyed” following his Hartlepool United side’s 1-0 defeat at Bury but he hopes to strengthen the squad this week.
Defeat leaves Pools eight points from safety in Sky Bet League Two and with just 14 games left of the season, the situation looks bleak for Moore’s side.
The squad was dealt a further blow ahead of kick-off with confirmation Pools will be without in-form striker Scott Fenwick for the next four weeks, his ankle injury is being protected in a ‘moon boot’.
Meanwhile, Matthew Bates is out for at least six weeks with a dead leg that has left him with a deep bleed in his left thigh.
Moore was speaking after watching his side beaten at Gigg Lane, a 75th minute goal from Andrew Tutte enough to seal the win for the home side.
Marvin Morgan missed a gilt-edged opportunity in the opening few minutes before giving the ball away mid-way through the second-half, which led to their goal.
Reflecting on the defeat, Moore said: “First half there was nothing between the teams and they have had to change their system.
“But we had the best chance of the game early on and in tight games you have to finish.
“The only thing missing for us was a goalscorer, we had the opportunity to score.
“I was gutted about the goal, we gave it away on the half-way line, they waltzed past three and then our keeper has made a great save.
“We had two on the back post who could have cleared it but we waited and waited and their lad got a toe poke.
“That is what annoys you more than anything.”
Moore said he was “gutted” to lose Fenwick and Bates and is hopefully of adding another striker on loan this week.
A deal broke down on Friday but he hopes it can be resurrected ahead of the visit of Wimbledon on Saturday.
Moore added: “I nearly had a striker in on Friday, it was so, so close.
“But the plug was pulled last minute, they had an injury and couldn’t get the lad they were trying to get in.
“I’m hoping it can go ahead some time this week.”