COLIN Cooper pulled no punches after seeing Hartlepool United lose for the fourth time in a row.
Pools said the squad were made well aware of the assault they could expect to receive – both on the field and on their ears from a 15,000 crowd.
But he said he was disappointed the players were so slow to react.
“The first half was not good enough, not acceptable,” said the boss.
“In the second half, we came out and stood our ground a bit better and huffed and puffed in their half a bit more.
“I expected Portsmouth to come out flying, in front of their own fans, seeking points to stay up after they had a good win last week. Why wouldn’t they?
“To defend in the way we did when we conceded the first goal wasn’t good enough and we did it again two minutes later to concede a penalty.
“Thankfully it was saved, but it [the performance] wasn’t good enough by any means.
“The messages we gave out before the game about what would happen were not adhered to and unfortunately Portsmouth took full advantage of it.
“What you can never do in football is come out and think you are in for an easy afternoon – it’s not going to happen.
“A few of us started the game like it was a nice afternoon out and that’s not how it works.”
Cooper added: “At least we did a bit more in the second half.
“I’d love to say we were close to getting something, but I can’t.
“We put a couple of balls across their box but that was it. I wasn’t convinced we would get a goal.
“We had a couple of bits of play getting in on the flanks, but I can’t think of anything where we cut Portsmouth open to create something.”