IAN Holloway was left to rue missed chances after his side fell at the final hurdle against West Ham at Wembley.
Stephen Dobbie’s shot was kept out by a combination of West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green and the near post before Matt Phillips twice squandered glorious opportunities to put the Seasiders ahead.
Dobbie then had a superb chance at 1-1 to put Pool ahead.
“It looked as though there was a foul but at the end of the day they’ve scored on 88 minutes,” Holloway said.
“Sometimes in life it goes against you and it did that time but you have to congratulate your opponents.
“I thought my lot gave a great account of themselves today, we created more than enough chances to win the game.
“We lost Fletch (Gary Taylor-Fletcher) as well, he might have fancied sticking one of them away.”
Holloway admitted it would be tough getting ready for another season in the Championship after coming so close to returning to the Premier League.
He said: “We’ve got to get over playing in the Championship again because we were all hoping we would be in the top flight.
“They’ve just lost a great big bonus and I feel for them because they deserve more.
“We’ve got to get on and bounce ourselves straight back, it’s about building now.
“But they should be very proud of their efforts, this is a fantastic group of people and I’m proud to be a small part of it.”