Hartlepool United need to forget their Capital One Cup exit in a hurry and gear up for a huge League Two showdown with Carlisle United.
That was the blunt message from manger Ronnie Moore in the aftermath of last night’s 4-0 Capital One Cup beating by Bournemouth.
Yes, we’re disappointed – no-one wants to lose 4-0 in any game. But the League is massive for usRONNIE MOORE
The exciting Premier League newboys turned it on at Victoria Park in last night’s one-sided second round tie.
Moore though has insisted all along that the clash with Carlisle at the Vic was always going to be this week’s pivotal game.
And he reinforced that line today, insisting the players must draw a line under last night’s results and not have any hangover from it.
“There’s no reason for our heads to drop,” said Moore.
“Yes, we’re disappointed – no-one wants to lose 4-0 in any game. But the League is massive for us.
“We’ve got a big derby game on Saturday.
“That’s the end of the cup – It’s gone. Now we look to Carlisle at home.
“We’ve got to play to the best of our ability.”
Moore says there will be no psychological impact from the defeat which came from goals by Junior Stanislas (2), Yann Kermorgant and Dan Gosling.
“There is way on this earth we’ll come up against anyone like that at our level,” said Moore.
“So, no, I don’t think it will affect the players.
“It damaged me more I think, standing watching
that for 90 minutes.
“The lads know they will not come up against teams like that.
“Yes, it would have been nice to have scored a goal or two, but we lost to a Premier League club.
“It’s gone and now we move on to a huge game against Carlisle.”
Moore was left frustrated his side did not find the net – late on Cherries keeper made saves from a Brad Walker free-kick and a shot by Rakish Bingham who made a mess of a last-minute attempt after being teed up by Carl Magnay.
“We had a few little chances and Bings will be disappointed,” added Moore.