IAN Holloway described the decision to play a League Cup game a week before the start of the season as “utter nonsense”.
The Seasiders crashed out of the Capital One Cup 2-1 at home to Morecambe in Sunday’s first-round tie.
The opening round of the competition has traditionally been staged during the week after the first league game.
However, Pool faced the League Two Shrimps six days before visiting Millwall in their Championship opener and manager Holloway said: “It’s utter nonsense in my opinion.
“I don’t think anyone is ready for these types of games yet.
“But I won’t use that as an excuse. I wasn’t expecting that sort of performance with the team I put out there.
“Well done to Morecambe – they had two chances and scored two goals. We had many more and didn’t take the.
“At this time of the year you have to remember what we are good at and what has got us results in the past.
“Over the summer you kind of forget that. We played some great stuff at Wembley and everyone thinks you can just pass it around.”
Holloway named none of his new signings in the starting line-up, instead opting for a tried and trusted 11.
However, he hinted the performance could force him into a change of plan for Saturday.
Holloway added: “Craig Cathcart will be rubbing his hands and thinking he must have a chance now.
“I wanted to start with the players I had last year. I did that and now I owe no-one anything.
“They have to show me they want to play – in the second half they did, in the first half they didn’t.”
“We have a reputation now and people see us as a scalp when they beat us.
“I think they were doing the conga on the pitch at the end.
“But we’ve got to be able to deal with that and I need players who can.”
After another week of frustration in the transfer market, the boss was again quick to point out his lack of options in attack.
Pool have lost seven strikers since the start of last season, and with Kevin Phillips injured are looking bare up front.
Holloway said: “Our finishing should be more clinical and I think that will come with the right pressure.
“If you have pressure for your place in the team, then you know you can’t miss chances.
“At the moment we haven’t got that, and our strikers can miss and know they will be picked again next week.
“At our level, and where we want to go, you need to be under pressure for you place. Hopefully we’ll get stronger as the weeks go on.”
The Seasiders have bid for a number of players this summer but are having to be patient, as Holloway explained.
“Blackpool are after people now who have other choices and we aren’t used to that.
“We used to go after players who no-one else wanted. It’s not like that anymore.
“We all know what I want and we all know what I need. Transfers now are more complicated than ever.”