MICKY Barron was again left with more questions than answers as his reserves slumped to a third defeat of the season.
The coach had challenged his second-string to atone for below-par performances during the back-to-back losses against Gateshead last month.
But Pools failed to respond and what was a fairly experienced side, which included Steve Haslam, James Brown, Nathan Luscombe and James Poole, were well beaten by the Bantams at Valley Parade.
“It was poor,” Barron told SportMail today.
“I’m very disappointed, especially with the defending.
“We gave away some terrible goals.
“I think they can do a lot better.
“We have asked them what is going wrong because this is a similar group to the one which did so well last year.
“We’ve told them to go home and think about it and ask themselves what they can do to improve.
“We give them everything they need in terms of preparation and guidance and encouragement but they’re just not performing right now.
“They need to have a good look at themselves.”
Barron, however, was able to take positives from the performance of Academy duo Luke James and Steven Snaith.
It was Snaith who squeezed home Pools’ first goal on 36 minutes after a good link up between Luscombe and Poole.
By this point the visitors were trailing to Jamie Devitt’s 27th-minute opener and the first of Ross Hannah’s hat-trick.
Hannah added another before the break and completed his treble soon after half-time before City defender Andrew Burns put through his own net late on.
And Barron went on: “We scored a really good goal which was pleasing and it was good to see Steven Snaith get his first for the reserves.
“Young Luke James is only 16 but he was terrific and that was a real positive, he handled himself very well.
“But overall it was a very disappointing afternoon and we need the lads to start turning things around because we know they’re capable of doing so.”
Bradford City: McLaughlin, Burns, O’Brien, Nanje, Hunt (Robinson 61), Tafazoli, Bryan, Lacey, Hannah (Rowe 61), Devitt (Baker 46), Harrison
Subs Not Used: Tongue
Pools: Mooney, Richards, Holden, Haslam, Johnson, Baldwin, James, Luscombe (Hawkins 65), Brown, Snaith, Poole
Subs Not Used: Buddle, Dodds, Jones, Wignall.