John Hughes said his players must show more character, fight and togetherness after seeing them beaten 5-0 by Coventry City in his first game in charge.The new Pools boss was left shocked by a second half capitulation at The Vic as the Sky Blues helped themselves to three goals in the opening fifteen minutes after the restart.
"That was a real baptism of fire," Hughes admitted when speaking to Pools Player afterwards.
"The two things that disappointed me was how the heads went down after the first goal and obviously I'm gutted about the result; we're better than that and we have to show a bit of pride.
"I think the first half was good - we had a few chances and they had their keeper to thank but if one of those had gone in it might have given us something to hold on to.
"For the first thirty minutes it felt like we were playing on the crest of a wave from a new manager coming in, a lot of it was off the cuff and not by design.
"We have to show more character, more fight, more togetherness to give us a foothold and give us the chance to go and sneak something.
"I understand it because of the position we're in but talk is cheap - we have to get galvanised. We are where we are so what do we do, roll over and die?
"I expect us to come out fighting."
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