Date: 10th February 2016 at 9:53am
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Having called on the team to ‘get at’ Stevenage last night, Hartlepool fell to yet another defeat yesterday evening.

With Stevenage starting the game at Victoria Park four points ahead of us, but without a win since December, they broke the deadlock in the 45th minute and then doubled their advantage on 52.

Billy Paynter’s 68th minute goal was simply a consolation and in all the statistics that mattered, the visitors won out.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, Moore spoke of his frustration and disbelief at the performance.

One of few positives was Paynter finding the net in his first start following injury.

‘I`m devastated with the result when you look at how important that game was. We might have games in hand but if we keep losing them then we`re going to be in trouble and this was a great opportunity to bring us closer to Stevenage in the table.’

Moore went on to say about the first half performance that he felt we looked a ‘bag of nerves’ prior to them scoring.

‘I couldn`t believe the first 35 to 40 minutes; we looked a bag of nerves, we were giving it away, we were slashing at balls on the edge of our box and the keeper has had to make two world class saves to keep us in the game. The first goal is a hell of a finish but it`s a left-footed player we`ve let keep coming inside on his left foot and then we came out second half and conceded such a sloppy second goal.’

The main frustration for him was he went on to say that he simply hadn’t seen a performance like that coming from the players.

‘I honestly didn`t see that sort of performance coming; we`ve got nearly 3,500 people here again willing us to do well but they`ve got to give them more as a team and as individuals. We`ve thrown away a great opportunity today – but we`ll have another great opportunity on Saturday.’

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