RONNIE Moore was left to rue a poor second half showing from his Hartlepool United side after the 3-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town.
The Pools boss said the Shrews were the best side his team had faced so far this season but was left disappointed they didn’t carry on the positive first half showing.
Pools conceded the lead five minutes after the interval and never recovered.
A brace from Andy Mangan and another from strike partner James Collins did the damage as Pools suffered their 17th defeat of the season at Greenhous Meadow.
Moore said: “First half we showed what we were about and carried on the good form from the Cheltenham win.
“But second we conceded a sloppy goal five minutes in and we’d said at half-time ‘keep it tight and the crowd will get on their backs’ because we were in the game.
“Then they got the second and third straight after that.
“They were the best side we’ve played this season and had too many players that were more street wise than use.
“They had a lot of experience and the pace when they counter attacked, we couldn’t cope with it.
“Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say they were better than us but first half they weren’t.
“If you don’t take the chances then you will get punished,” added the Pools boss who is still looking to add two new signings.
The defeat left Pools nine points adrift of safety at the bottom of Sky Bet League Two ahead of next weekend’s massive game at relegation rivals Tranmere Rovers.