Neil McDonald described his Blackpool squad as “just not good enough” after Saturday’s 4-0 home hammering by Walsall.
The Seasiders were comprehensively beaten by the table-topping Saddlers on an afternoon which showed just how far the Bloomfield Road club has fallen.
Manager McDonald was honest in his post-match comments and admitted: “Reality has hit in. We just aren’t good enough at the moment.
“We certainly need to defend better and we are getting severely punished, but I also thought we were outplayed on Saturday for the first time.
“I’m not happy about that as I’m in charge and I pick the team.
“I’ll take all this on my shoulders. I need to put it right and I will put it right.”
Two goals from Romaine Sawyers, a Sam Mantom header and a terrible Clark Robertson own goal sealed a fifth successive defeat for a Blackpool team who were booed off at the end.
With his side rock-bottom of League One and looking a million miles from that all-important first win of the season, McDonald added: “We were shown how to play football in defence and attack. It was men against boys.
“I thought the first goal killed us as we were trying to play on the front foot and we had competed quite well.
“As soon as their goal went in we started to struggle and on the whole we didn’t defend very well.
“We have to defend a lot better. If we don’t, teams will punish us and Walsall certainly did.
“We need to watch the video closely – not just to look at our mistakes and our play, but also to look at how Walsall played because I thought they were excellent.”
It was all too easy for the Saddlers and manager Dean Smith said: “They are a dream to work with at the moment. To win six games on the trot is a really good achievement.
“I think the players are realising now we have a proper team who can really go on to achieve something.”