Lee Clark apologised to Blackpool’s supporters and admitted he was embarrassed by his side’s second-half collapse in the 6-1 home defeat by Championship leaders Bournemouth.
Clark’s side were booed off by fans after a terrible display which leaves Pool bottom of the table and 10 points from safety – back where they started before their recent four-match unbeaten run.
And an awful weekend for the club was compounded by more damaging controversy as chairman Karl Oyston was accused of sending abusive texts to a supporter. As for the display on the field, manager Clark pulled no punches.
The Pool boss said: “First of all I want to apologise to our supporters on behalf of myself, my staff and the players for my performance.
“Saturday’s display is not what we needed. It was just a horrendous day for everybody.
“I know Bournemouth are a top team and aren’t top of the league by chance, but we need to do better than we have done.
“We are frustrated and disappointed. I’m angry, I’m embarrassed. It’s not what I expected or hoped for and we all have to take responsibility, including me.
“There will be no-one here shirking responsibility. The players have been terrific until this and have to bounce back.”
Defensive errors gifted Eddie Howe’s side a 2-0 half-time lead and Pool fell apart after the break.
Nathan Delfouneso came off the bench to score and briefly give Pool hope at 3-1 only for debutant Darren O’Dea to concede a penalty 60 seconds later.
Clark admitted: “We gave away some truly awful goals. We hadn’t played particularly well but we found ourselves two down at half-time due to individual errors.
“It’s about doing the right thing and we needed to respond after half-time. We did for a short spell but we know we gave some poor, poor goals away.”
Matt Ritchie scored a goal in each half and there was an 11th of the season for Callum Wilson as the Cherries ran riot.
Clark was full of praise for the south coast pace-setters. He added: “Bournemouth are a talented squad of players who are playing with confidence. They have some top, top individuals.
“What impressed me was to see their winger chasing Jacob Murphy down to the bottom corner after 85 minutes.
“So not only have they got talent, they also have a real
work ethic and provide a good example to my players. We have to get to that level.”