MICK Wadsworth refused to use pre-season as an excuse and instead blasted his players for a second-half collapse which saw FC Den Bosch claim an unlikely draw in Holland.
Pools were cruising as they entered the break thanks to a headed brace from new signing Colin Nish and had dominated their opponents from the off.
But a lacklustre and careless restart to the second period saw the Dutch Second Division side claw themselves level within 10 minutes, much to the annoyance of an animated Wadsworth on the touchline.
“I’m not going to sit there and blow smoke up their backsides and they know that,” he told SportMail following the final game of the club’s Dutch tour.
“I don’t like negative reactions and I won’t accept players getting their heads down, which we did a little bit after their goals.
“I’ll let them know if we’re not doing things properly, pre-season or not, because we set very high standards – you saw that in the first half when we were excellent.
“But we’ve got a great bunch and they’re terrific to work with and I love every one of them dearly.
“They are good pros and everything we do will make us better and stronger for the kick-off.”
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