Ronnie Moore today told his Hartlepool United players: Perform or we’ll bring in someone who will.
The Pools boss described last night’s 3-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers as “a shambles” and said the players “should be ashamed of themselves”.
The players should be ashamed of themselves, they are professional footballers.
Matty Taylor’s first-half goal gave Darrell Clarke’s team a 1-0 interval lead before Billy Bodin and Jermaine Easter took full advantage of individual errors to clinch a comfortable victory.
After Saturday’s 2-1 win at Yeovil, Pools had hopes to cement their place in the top half but have now dropped six places to 17th.
Moore insists he does not want to go through another season like last year.
“Over 3,700 have come to support us,” said the boss.
“We’ve won on Saturday and it looked a case of can we win our two home games to put the pressure on those above us. Now, the clubs below us are happy we’ve been dragged down the table again.
“We have to make sure we don’t get into the mess of last season again and if we have to bring in new players we will.
“We can’t wait and wait, we’re not going to go through that again.
“The players should be ashamed of themselves, they are professional footballers.
“You cannot perform like that.
“These supporters deserve better than that.
“They were fantastic last season and they don’t want to be involved in all that nonsense we went through again.
“We want to make it a decent season for the club.
“If those playing don’t want to do it, then we’ll find someone else who does.”
Moore says he has been looking to bring a midfielder in on loan already but without success.
Though, following last night’s lethargic display, the need for new blood has become vital.
“We have been trying and trying and if we can [get someone], we will,” said Moore, whose side face fast-improving Luton Town on Saturday.
“If it’s not for Saturday, then may be after that.
“We know at this moment, one or two players are having a bad time.
“We have not got ready-made replacements for them so we’ll probably have to look elsewhere.”
Michael Woods will be available again on Saturday after serving a one-game ban last night, while striker Rakish Bingham could be fit.
The 21-year-old missed out with a hamstring problem though Moore hopes he will be fit for the visit of the Hatters