Angry, disappointed and embarrassed.
Those were just some of the words Blackpool boss Lee Clark used to describe their 6-1 hammering at home to Championship leaders Bournemouth last weekend.
Clark, who took over the league’s bottom club at the end of October after the sacking of Jose Riga, apologised to supporters following their second half collapse against the Cherries.
The team were booed off and the result leaves them 10 points adrift of safety ahead of their Boxing Day trip to Hillsborough.
Clark is demanding an instant response from his squad following the Bournemouth debacle.
“I know we can bounce back from this and we have to be able to,” he said. “It’s a set back, a huge one at that but we have got to be able to go again.
“I said all along we’d have set backs although I wasn’t contemplating one like Saturday. We have to dust ourselves down and we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. Nobody will help us, except ourselves and our fans, we now have to dust ourselves down and get some points.”
It is not just Clark who has apologised this week. Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has said sorry after a series of foul-mouthed texts between him and Seasiders fan Stephen Smith were published online. Oyston called Smith “a retard” and told him to ‘’enjoy the rest of your special needs day out.’’
Smith rejected Oyston’s apology on the matter and urged the FA to take action against him.