Ronnie Moore hailed Bournemouth as a “fantastic team” but was disappointed his players did not “get in their faces”.
Pools were beaten 4-0 by the Premier League’s new darlings in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
We spoke beforehand about getting in their faces, but we couldn’t get near them to be honestROONIE MOORE
Bournemouth changed their entire starting XI from the side which won 4-3 at West Ham for their first victory in the top flight.
But Eddie Howe, who included six of of the squad which triumphed at Upton Park, still sent out a team way too quick and clever for Pools.
The Cherries had a side packed with Premier League talent and featuring some big money players like £3million striker Lee Tomlin and £8million full-back Tyrone Mings.
“I was disappointed with the first half,” said Moore. “It wasn’t good enough against a fantastic football team.
“When you are playing against a side with pace you need to try to stop them passing and running, we didn’t do that in the first half.
“We spoke beforehand about getting in their faces, but we couldn’t get near them to be honest.
“We never got near them, but sometimes there’s not a great deal you can do.
“Here, you have to hold your hands up and admit we weren’t quick enough or good enough to get near them.
“We are League Two football club with League Two players.
“No disrespect to our lads, but you look at the pace, movement, brightness and alertness throughout their team
“We wanted to come out of the blocks and get stuck in but we couldn’t get near them.”