Ronnie Moore labelled Hartlepool United’s second home League Two defeat a “shambles” after Bristol Rovers won 3-0 at Victoria Park.
Matty Taylor put Darrell Clarke’s team in front 12 minutes from half-time after a strong first half performance before goals by Billy Bodin and Jermaine Easter sealed the points.
That was as bad as we have been since I’ve been at the club.
Moore, typically, pulled no punches after the defeat, which saw Pools drop six places to 17th.
“We were a shambles,” admitted Moore.
“That was as bad as we have been since I’ve been at the club. We were lethargic, there was no energy, no enthusiasm.
“We can’t be having stuff like that.
“We have spoken about not being in the same position as last season. We have got new players in, but that was shambolic.
“I’m shell-shocked to be honest, I never saw it coming from a side of mine.”
Individual errors then cost Pools dear in the second half, Bodin taking advantage after Andrew Boyce failed to deal with a long ball and Easter making it three on 78 minutes after being gifted a pass from sub Kudus Oyenuga.
“We were so pleased it was only one at half-time as we were in the game and still had a chance.
“We did a lot of talking at half-time and the players were saying the right things.
“We spoke about upping the tempo, getting the balls in behind them – but it didn’t; happen, the tempo was the same.
“Bristol travelled up today, we have to get them on the back foot, but I can’t pick anyone out and say ‘he did al right’.
“I thought their two up front battered us at the back.”