Paul Ince has called on his side to go back to basics after their fourth defeat on the bounce at Burnley.
Pool responded well to Danny Ings’ opener and looked like they could go on to win after Craig Cathcart equalised.
But once again missed chances cost them before Scott Arfield fired the winner just after half-time.
Unhappy manager Ince said: “We need to get the basics right. If you don’t do the simple things properly you’ll get punished and I’m left frustrated again. It was a real game of two halves.
“Against QPR the previous week we played really well and didn’t capitalise. On Saturday I thought we were outstanding in the first half and passed the ball really well.
“We took seven or eight minutes to get into the game and by then we were already 1-0 down.
“I can’t really understand why no-one was marking Danny Ings at the edge of the box when he scored. But after that I thought we were outstanding and deserved the equaliser.”
Big chances for midfielders Barry Ferguson and Dan Gosling went begging as Pool slippedto 10th in the Championship.
Ince added: “At half-time I told the lads they were fantastic and I wanted more of the same. Lately we’ve been doing things by halves. We need to do that for 90 minutes.
“I felt confident going out for the second half but to concede a goal after a minute was madness. It kicked us in the teeth.
“It’s frustrating for everyone – myself, the players and the fans. I understand the fans’ frustration.”
Burnley’s win combined with QPR’s defeat at home to Leicester leaves Sean Dyche’s side back on top for Christmas, an incredible achievement by a side tipped by many to struggle this season.
But their style of play didn’t impress Ince, who added: “No disrespect to Burnley but they go very long.
“They know what they are doing. They get the ball to Vokes and Ings all the time but that’s the way they want to play.”