Dave Jones told his players they have to improve quickly after Monday’s 2-1 defeat at Leyton Orient kept them just one point above the League Two relegation zone.
The Pools boss admitted that the opening 45 minutes were unacceptable though he insisted there was improvement after the break without the goal needed to rescue a point.
“It’s hard to describe the first half,” Jones told Pools PlayerHD.
“We had to compete with them and we didn’t in the first half; it got a little better in the second when he had one or two chances.
“In all honesty, I think one or two of them – maybe more – froze today and you can’t do that. You have to stand up and be counted.
“We’re all in this together, every single one of us and that starts with me. Did I pick the right team? Did I pick the right formation? We’re all to blame, it’s not down to individuals.
“Today we were lucky because the other result has gone for us and I said to the lads that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good – but you’ll only get away with it once, next time we’ll have to be good.
“Everyone in that dressing room knows what we have to do, now we have to go and do it.”
Jones also described his disappointment at full-back Liam Donnelly who was sent-off close to full-time for a terrible moment of dissent at referee Dean Whitestone.
“What Liam does at the end, I don’t know – I can’t even bring myself to ask him.
“I know he’s upset but you can’t go squaring up to the referee, I’ve not seen anything like that for a long, long time.”
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