Callum Elder says Hull City must quickly address the defensive mistakes that proved the team’s undoing in the 3-2 defeat at Blackpool.
CJ Hamilton’s 93rd-minute strike condemned the Tigers to back-to-back defeats for the first time this season.
Hull City had led through Mallik Wilks’ ninth goal of the season but Jerry Yates equalised on the stroke of half-time and Keshi Anderson put Pool ahead midway through the second half.
Reece Burke thought he had salvaged a point with a minute remaining, only for Hamilton to score a stoppage-time winner – leaving Elder frustrated with his side’s defending.
“To score two goals away from home should warrant three points,” said the left-back, who assisted both Tigers goals.
“It was an accumulation of people switching off, not doing their jobs. The timing of the goals was really poor.
“We were 1-0 up and conceded within one minute of going in at half-time.
“We could have regrouped at half-time, with a lead and worked out how we were going to see out the second half.
“We worked really hard to get that second goal but the manner of the goals we conceded were really poor and we need to address that quickly.”
Despite going three league games without a win, the Tigers remain two points clear at the top of League One.
And the Australian defender wants his side to produce the kind of performances that got them there in the first place.
“We need to look at the positives,” said Elder. We’re sitting top of the league still and it’s early on in the season still.
“The table right now is a marker of the performances we’ve put in so far.
“We need to look, in a positive way, that the performances we’ve put in have warranted a place at the top of the league.
“There’s no need to get carried away. We’ve worked hard to be top of the league for a couple of weeks now.
“And we need to get back to the basics that have got us there and build on the good performances we’ve produced this season.”