Carl Magnay has insisted that he and his Pools team-mates must “make a commitment” that performances like the one in Saturday’s 6-1 defeat at Stevenage won’t be repeated.
The defender returned to action after a rib injury and wore the captain’s armband at The Lamex Stadium but he was powerless to stop Pools sink to their worst loss in almost four years.
Afterwards, Magnay apologised to supporters for the display and vowed that the players would do everything in their power to recover in a positive manner at Yeovil Town next weekend.
“It was an angry and disappointed dressing room obviously,” Magnay admitted.
“We’re all honest enough in our assessments to know that it was unacceptable defensively today.
“It was bizarre because for the first fifteen or twenty minutes I thought we looked comfortable but we’ve made individual errors all over the park and been punished for it.
“As the game went on I think we lost some hunger and desire, and we were overrun by a team who worked harder than us today.
“We all need to have a good, long, hard look in the mirror because it was nowhere near good enough and we’re embarrassed.
“We’re embarrassed for the fans that travelled down here, we’re embarrassed for the fans back at home, we’re embarrassed for the manager and the staff, and we’re embarrassed for ourselves.
“There is no excuse for it; we have to be better and have to have a positive reaction next week.
“We’ll get some stick, and rightly so, but we can’t hide from it or make excuses – the only way to answer the criticism is to make sure we put everything that went wrong today right at Yeovil next week.
“It doesn’t matter what we say, we can’t make today any better but we have to promise that from this point forward we will make a commitment that performances like that won’t happen again.”