“We had our backsides kicked” admits Mick Wadsworth

Gary Liddle fends off the attention of a Notts County defender as Pools try to build an attack. Picture by FRANK REID
Gary Liddle fends off the attention of a Notts County defender as Pools try to build an attack. Picture by FRANK REID

MICK Wadsworth admits that his players had their “backsides kicked” during the 3-0 defeat at Notts County.

Pools slumped to their second successive loss in front of the live Sky Sports cameras as Karl Hawley helped himself to a double and Cristian Montano came from the bench to fire a stoppage-time third.

The visitors had been penned back inside their own penalty area for much of the match and fashioned precious little at the other end of the park.

Wadsworth conceded that it was his side’s worst performance of the season and told SportMail they were second best in every department.

“We were well beaten and it was the first time this season we have had a poor performance as a team – from back to front and side to side,” said the first-team coach, whose side were beaten by the same scoreline in last year’s corresponding fixture.

“Too many players weren’t at the races to say the least, that’s the truth, an honest assessment. It was a really poor effort on our part.

“We have had our backside kicked two years running here.

“Last year they halted a fantastic run we were on and they’ve done pretty much the same now.

“They were quicker, stronger and faster than us in every department.

“It’s not often a team is tougher than us, but they were.

“We cannot run away from it. We had a chat about it afterwards and will do again today but we’ve just got to get on with it.”

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