HARTLEPOOL United manager Dave Challinor was left seething after the final in whistle of yesterday’s 2-0 defeat to Salford City as the character of his players came into question again.

Pools are yet to win an away game this season and have picked up just one point on the road in League Two.

On the flip side, they haven’t been beaten at Victoria Park but the away form leaves an air of frustration as the manager and players search for answers to correct their travelling troubles.

But the manager admits there wasn’t enough accountability from his players as they were sent back up north with nothing thanks to goals from Tom Elliot and Matty Willock at Moor Lane.

He told BBC Radio Tees Sport: “They are always frustrating when you don’t win and probably more frustrating when you don’t get what you deserve from game. We didn’t deserve anything from the game and we got that.

“Maybe it’s less frustrating and it makes you angry when you haven’t won but we didn’t deserve anything from the game and that’s exactly what we got.

“It’s not good enough. We need to look at what we’re doing and look at what people are about. There needs to a visual of it meaning more than, in my opinion, what it does and I’ve challenged the players with that.

“It’s not going to ruin my weekend. It’s going to ruin the next week. I’m fuming. Sweens (Antony Sweeney) is the same because he’s had right go in there and Clint (Hill) is the same because he’s had a right go in there.

“It can’t mean more to us sat on the side if we do very little about it than it does to the players on the pitch.

“That might not be the case but I don’t see that in an outwardly fashion on the pitch in terms of a desperation to do what it takes to get a result and win a game away from home. There’s not enough of that and that’s disappointing.”

Pools return to their travels this Tuesday when they make the trip to Valley Parade to face Bradford City.

Gavan Holohan made a substitutes appearance in the game as he steps up his recovery from injury. The Irish midfielder remains Pools second top goalscorer this season with two goals in League Two.