Richard Money pulled no punches about the performance after seeing his team knocked out of the FA Trophy at the hands of AFC Telford United on Saturday.
The Pools boss refused to defend the players following the 2-1 defeat to the National League North outfit, admitting that the visitors deserved their victory at The Super 6 Stadium.
“I’ve done my best to try and defend the players since I’ve come here,” Money told Pools PlayerHD.
“I have asked the supporters for support and patience, and today for the majority of the game they were excellent on the terraces – but unfortunately the players couldn’t back it up.
“There is always an occasion where you can’t defend what you see and today is definitely one of those so I won’t defend it, it wasn’t good enough.
“We were beaten by the better team. We were beaten by a team with more strength, more power, more athleticism and more energy – one team had confidence and the other team did not.
“Maybe I needed to see that, if I am honest. Maybe I need a rethink in terms of what we do and where we go from here because I’m not going to ask the supporters to watch that anymore.”