Craig Hignett described Saturday’s 5-0 home defeat to Cambridge United as his darkest day in football and admitted things have to change quickly.
The Pools boss was left stunned after seeing his side ship five terrible second half goals – and it could even have been worse had Trevor Carson not brilliantly kept out a penalty at the end of the first period.
The U’s helped themselves to four goals in nineteen minutes to take the game by the scruff of the neck before underlining their victory with a fifth at the death.
“It’s massively frustrating and embarrassing,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.
“The game was tight at half time and Trev made a great save from the penalty but once they got the first goal it tends to come in clusters with us and we seem to have a soft underbelly.
“At half time everyone was bang up for it, saying the right things about what we were going to do but then we got the setback and that happens – and it’s happened too many times.
“It’s not about systems, it’s about desire and standing up to be counted when the bullets are flying – and that’s myself included.
“I have had some dark days in football over the years but this one is the worst – I feel awful and I understand the frustrations of the fans watching that.
“I’ve trained them all week and they all know what they’re doing but you can’t legislate for the character of people so to be involved in something like that is tough to take.
“Everyone needs to stay together now to dig us out of this; there is a lot of the season left to go but things have to change and they have to change quickly.”
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