Tranmere boss Les Parry offered no excuses for his side`s 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Hartlepool.
Rovers were without a number of first-team regulars and goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi scored an own goal 13 minutes from time when he tried to punch clear a Leon McSweeney corner, only to direct the ball into his own net.
Parry said: "The lads we put out were lads out of our squad and we put them in because we think they're good enough.
"The injuries and suspensions were right down our spine with Marlon Broomes, John Welsh, Joss Labadie and Enoch Showumni, but the lads who came in are good players and it's a little bit disappointing we didn't perform.
"I don't think we had control of any of the game. They did decently in the first half and to say we were poor is taking a little bit away from them. In the second half we came out better but then it got a little bit open and they had a couple of chances."
On Gulacsi`s error, Parry added: "The goal was just unfortunate. Peter has gone to punch it and it's come off the side of his fist and gone straight in. But Peter has been absolutely tremendous. He's absolutely gutted in the dressing room."