Ronnie Moore tonight hailed he class and pace of Bournemouth and admitted: We couldn’t get near them.
Hartlepool United were beaten 4-0 by the Premier League new boys at Victoria Park in the Capital One Cup second round match.
Moore was a bit disappointed the players “did not get in their faces” but the Pools boss was left to marvel at the performance from Eddie Howe’s side, which showed 11 changes from the team which won at West Ham.
“They are a Premier League side who move the ball with pace,” said Moore. “Their full back, Smith, how quick was he?!
“We wanted to get in their faces from the start and stop them but we couldn’t get near them.
“Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and admit it.”
Yann Kermogant set the Cherries on their way on the half-hour, with Ryan Gosling doubling the advantage within four minutes.
And if it wasn’t already game over, it was a minute from half-time when Junior Stanislas scored a superb free-kick.
The Cherries threatened several more in the second period but had to be content with a second for Stanislas in the 64th minute.
“It was a long night, no doubt it,” said Moore.
“I was waiting for that full-time whistle. When the ref was having a go at their keeper for running the clock down I said ‘don’t stop him, let him do it’.
“We were up against a team with pace who don’t stop passing and running, it’s hard.
“We never got near them, but sometimes there’s not a lot you can do, we have League Two players and they are a Premier League team.
“They paid £8.5million for their full-back [Tyron Mings].”