PLAYERS not doing their “jobs” for the full 90 minutes cost a point against Burton Albion, admitted Hartlepool United defender David Mirfin.
Pools were more than a match for top of the table Albion at a wind-swept Victoria Park on Saturday.
Somewhere along the way from their keeper coming out and punching it and them scoring something has gone wrongDavid Mirfin
The game appeared to be petering out to a goalless draw until Florent Cuvelier, signed on loan from Sheffield United on Friday, netted a late winner.
It was a cruel blow but Mirfin said the players only had themselves to blame.
“We nullified them for most of the game but the paper will show we have lost 1-0,” Mirfin said.
“We have not done our jobs for the full 90 minutes.
“The goal came from our attacking free-kick and in terms of setting up defensively we were spot on.
“Somewhere along the way from their keeper coming out and punching it and them scoring something has gone wrong.
“But even then, we still had our full half of the pitch to pull them down and take a free-kick instead.”
While the wind was blowing a gale across The Vic, Mirfin refused to use the conditions as an excuse.
He doesn’t believe there was much to separate the two sides, despite Burton topping the table with 67 points and Pools rooted to the bottom with 40 less points.
“The two teams cancelled each other out,” added Mirfin.
“What with the weather and the pitch, it was never going to be a game where the two teams got it down and played.
“It was going to be down to effort and determination to grind out a result and I thought it had 0-0 written all over it.
“It was never in our mind that we were going to lose that game against a side that are now top of the league.
“I have said it from day one, there is nothing between the top and bottom teams in this division.
“It is either a lapse of concentration or a mistake or an unbelievable piece of quality.
“On our part it was a lack of concentration and us not doing our jobs properly.
“The conditions were bad, but it was the same for both teams.”
The on-loan Scunthorpe United defender will remain at the club until the end of the season after the two clubs agreed a deal, which includes an “instant recall” option.
Mirfin added: “I’m delighted to be staying.
“I want to get more games, Scunthorpe know I am out getting league games and hopefully I can help to get some points for Hartlepool and the team closer to getting out of trouble.
“It is a 24-hour recall, basically if there are any sendings off or injuries then Scunthorpe know they can recall me and I will be available for the next game.
“They have strength and depth in my position though, which is why I am out on loan.”