Lee Clark described last night’s 1-0 defeat to Birmingham as Blackpool’s best performance for a long time.
Though Pool looked bright from start to finish, a first-half header from Andrew Shinnie saw the Championship’s bottom club crash to a third successive defeat.
Pool have taken just two points from their last seven games and remain 15 points from safety with 11 to play, though Clark felt his side deserved more at St Andrew’s.
“It was frustrating and I was disappointed for the players,” he said. “ I thought they were worth at least a point, so I was pleased with that aspect.
“It was one of our best performances for a long time. The fact we played well made the result even more frustrating.”
The key moment arrived when keeper Elliot Parish misjudged a long ball, allowing Shinnie to head into an unguarded net from 12 yards.
Birmingham rose to 13th after back-to-back 1-0 home wins, but boss Gary Rowett was unhappy with two challenges from Pool midfielder Jamie O’Hara which went unpunished.
Rowett said: “They were two very poor challenges, which were the most unsavoury part of the evening.
“One was a forearm smash on David Davis and the other was a stamp on Clayton Donaldson.
“I’m not here to whine about that but it’s not nice when it goes unpunished. The referee didn’t see either of them, but I find it hard to believe when he is five yards away.”
But Rowett was pleased with the victory, which took the Blues beyond their points total for last season, when they survived on the final day.
He added: “It wasn’t a classic performance from us. We seem to struggle when we play Saturday and midweek – we can’t replicate the intensity – but we go to Derby with our tails high.”