"I don't think we can play much better than that away from home - but how they got four goals, I haven't got a clue. We have given them the goals and it's down to absolute bog standard criminal defending. It's not good enough, it's nothing goals. We have played really well, the best we have played away from home for a long time.
"We were never in any sort of trouble at all. How can we concede goals like we have? Ian Butterworth (Pools' assistant boss) said after the game that Carlisle didn't have to score goals to beat us - we gifted them the goals. I would hope, I really do, that we will have some new players in for our next game. We will be doing our best to. It comes down to finance, but we will be trying to make changes.
"The defence looks like a priority. We have conceded 30-odd goals this season and that can't carry on. We look a threat going forward but at the back teams are going to think we have a soft under -belly. Maybe it is psychological and we are expecting to concede. It is something that has to be addressed. Most of them got clean sheets last year and all they have done is step up one division.
"There are players there who did it in this division two years ago as well so there is no reason they cannot get back to that level. If they can't we will bring people in, we will have to. We can't let this carry on if we want to build on what we achieved last year. At this moment in time we are stepping backwards a bit. We have had some good performances but you can't keep getting results like yesterday when you are playing well.
"I would like to think we will have players in place before our next game. We will certainly try to do so, but whether that can be the case we will have to wait and see. It is down to a lot of factors, like the finances. All we can do is get back on the training ground and use this little period of time we have and every available bit of daylight to work on these things."