Lee Clark says his ten-man Blackpool side never gave themselves a chance as they crashed to a woeful 4-0 defeat at Brentford last night.
A hat-trick from Arsenal loanee Jon Toral and an Andre Gray strike sealed the points for the home side after Pool left-back Charles Dunne was sent off just before half-time.
It all made for another dreadful evening for Pool, who had to withstand 42 Bees shots on goal, managing just two of their own in reply.
And manager Clark admitted: “We didn’t give ourselves a chance. They dominated us when we had 11 me. We didn’t start the game like we wanted to.
“They move the ball so quickly, so the minute they had an extra man we were always going to struggle.
“Brentford is a tough enough place to come with 11 men, with 10 it was an uphill struggle.
“After the red card it was always going to be tough, though we didn’t start the game particularly well either.”
Pool were already two down when Dunne’s lunge on Spanish winger Jota earned a straight red and saw any hopes the visitors had of a comeback go up in smoke.
While some in Griffin Park felt the sending-off may have been harsh, Clark had very few complaints.
He added: “I think under the laws of the game it could be right. The referee said it wasn’t so much the tackle, more the follow-through.
“It was unfortunate as Charles has been playing well and he’ll now we missing for three games.”
Pool were up against it from the first whistle, after a change of formation to 3-5-2 failed miserably against the rampant Bees.
Clark replaced Tom Aldred after just 27 minutes and reverted to 4-4-2.
“With the way they play, we felt that going with the three defenders would help,” said Clark.
“We wanted to match their three central midfield players, while keeping two strikers up top to cause problems.
“We didn’t do a lot of things very well. We had to change it at 2-0 and things started to go in our favour a little, but the sending-off ended that.”
Pool remain at the foot of the Championship and 12 points adrift of safety after the bottom four all lost last night.
Match report: P46-47