Craig Harrison insists hard work and long hours on the training ground will go a long way to curing Hartlepool United’s ailments.

Pools managed to throw away a winning position in the last five minutes of Saturday’s game with Macclesfield at Victoria Park, losing 2-1 in a game they dominated in the main.

A number of defensive lapses cost Pools dearly and the players were subject to a lengthy post mortem in the dressing room afterwards.

Harrison and his coaching staff will this week put the hours in drilling defensive responsibilities into their charges.

The manager said: “Take away four minutes at the end and we played well – chances on the front foot, being aggressive.

“Then we haven’t done our jobs well, basic jobs, nothing special or out of the ordinary. Just what we are after and the two occasions we didn’t we are punished.

“We have played well, as good as against Halifax without taking opportunity and then we are bitten on the backside by not doing basic stuff.

“We have to keep working, we have had a lot of injuries with senior players, but we have to get on with it with what we have and improve them every day. That’s the job of me and the coaches.

“If we have to work harder and longer to make them better then we will. Whatever we have to do we will do. That’s the situation we are in.

“We are not talking finished articles, we aren’t Man City. We need to learn and learn quickly.'”

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