Hartlepool United are nine points from safety following this afternoon’s 1-0 defeat at Yeovil Town, writes Craig Hope.
Still without manager, Pools are also without a win in 16 matches and the imminent arrival of a new boss appears to be their sole hope of sparking a survival mission.
To their credit, Micky Barron’s men were much improved after another lethargic first half in which Joe Edwards scored the game’s only goal.
Pools were unchanged from the side beaten 2-0 by Tranmere Rovers on Wednesday night.
But they could not replicate the positive start of that midweek outing and within seven minutes they were trailing, Sam Foley galloping free down the left before crossing for Edwards to poke home at the near post.
Yeovil were in the ascendancy and Daniel Johnson blazed over from 14 yards after Scott Flinders had failed to clear his penalty box from Foley’s in-swinging corner.
Patrick Madden then drew a save from Flinders when he headed towards the bottom corner from another Foley centre.
It took until two minutes after the break for Pools to remotely threaten the home goal and Simon Walton saw a 25-yard drive rise well over Marek Stech’s target.
At the other end Edwards threatened to steal his second just moments later but a measured curler beat both Flinders and his upright.
James Poole tried his luck from similar range as Walton on 52 minutes and was unlucky when Stech brushed over the goal-bound blast over the crossbar.
The same player again went close when latching on to a Jonathan Franks flick only to see his first-time volley land in the vacant terraces behind Stech’s goal.
Tony Sweeney was next to go close with the visitors camped in opposition territory, the midfielder turning Steve Howard’s knock-down on target but Stech read his intention and grasped from the top corner.
But, no matter how hard they tried, Pools could not find a way through the home rearguard and so the whistle sounded on another defeat.