Ronnie Moore admits if he was offered a start of four wins from five before the campaign got under way he would have happily accepted it.
Pools had made their best start to a season since 1957, reeling off three League Two victories and a Capital One Cup shock at Fleetwood Town.
Given it took until November last year to accumulate the same record they have now, this sequence is not a bad one.
But that did not stop Moore from being unhappy at the conclusion of their 100 per cent run at Stevenage, where Teddy Sheringham enjoyed his first win as Boro boss.
The Pools manager felt that had they increased the tempo that Stevenage were “there for the taking”.
“It’s impossible to win every game,” he said.
“A lot of people will be disappointed, we’re disappointed, 2-0 flatters them.
“I really don’t think there was anything in the game then bang, they get a goal before half-time which changed the game.
“I thought at half-time ‘we can win this if we up the tempo’.
“We did that for 20 minutes and it’s unfortunate when we were attacking and were the team on top - and should have had a penalty - they break away and score in the 89th minute.
“It’s been a good start to the season, but we have to come here and match them.
“There’s wasn’t anything in the game, but we didn’t get going.”
Moore though believes Pools were denied a penalty when the score was just 1-0, when Rakish Bingham’s shot was blocked in the 87th minute.
“I thought we had a blatant penalty,” he said.
“The lads swear blind we should have had it, they said the lad had two hands on it never mind one.
“We didn’t have many chances but 2-0 flatters them.
“The game was there for the taking, they were there to be beaten and it we started with tempo like we should have done they wouldn’t have been able to live with us
“And when you’re going for the equaliser you need to make sure you don’t get caught and we let in a sloppy goal.”
Stevenage: Day, Franks, Hughes, Wells, Ogilvie, Gordon (Whelpdale 63), Lee (Hitchcock 83), Schumacher, Gorman, Williams, Akinyemi (Pett 71). Subs not used: Kettings, Okimo, Casey, Conlon. Booked: Gorman. Goals: Franks 45, Williams 88.
Hartlepool: Bartlett, Magnay, Harrison, Bates (Boyce 19), Carroll, Featherstone, Duckworth, Woods (Nelson-Addy 72), Paynter, Bingham, Fenwick (Oates 62). Subs not used: Walker, Jones, Smith, Denton.
Att: 2,639. Ref: Charles Breakspear (Surrey).