Mansfield Town conceded two penalties and had Krystian Pearce sent off in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Hartlepool United.
Boss Adam Murray admitted his side has shot themselves in the foot as they lost a game in which they often dominated and could have won on the day.
Two Billy Paynter penalties proved the difference but the Stags, down to 10 men for over an hour after Krystian Pearce’s red card, fought ferociously in a game full of effort and honesty.
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The first-half was all about former Stags winger Nathan Thomas, now at Pools, who caused problems galore for his former club – and angered the travelling fans in the process.
The Stags can be proud of their efforts at Victoria Park – Colin Daniel levelling at one point in the second half – but they left disappointed after a seventh game without a win.