Blackpool boss Ian Holloway said his side need to rediscover their ruthless streak, after they were beaten 1-2 by Morecambe in the First Round of the League Cup.
The League Two side were 1-0 up after just four minutes, through Lewis Alessandra’s 18-yard drive and made it two when Andrew Fleming finished smartly on 55 minutes.
Alex Baptiste pulled a goal back with a swivelled shot and Matt Phillips struck a post late on, but it was Morecambe who progressed into the next round, with Holloway demanding an improvement.
“Normally when we finish we’re good, but our lot have to realise that when you play against anyone you have to finish your chances,” he said.
“To go one down was a bit of a shock, but the way it happened, one missed header by Stephen Crainey, it should never have got to that situation.
“The way we played in the first half, we don’t deserve to beat anyone. We played a terrible brand of football and if my lads think that’s what I’m after then they’re very wrong.”
Blackpool travel to Millwall on Saturday, for their first Championship game of the season, before clashes with Leeds United and Ipswich, inside the same seven days.
And Holloway is targeting a performance more in line with the second-half showing against The Shrimps, as Pool ready for a challenging opening week.
“We were a lot better in the second half, but we have to put that together over 90 minutes. We’ve got three games inside seven days next week and I don’t think any of them are ready for that yet.
“We haven’t played three games in a week for quite some time and we will have to be ready and if we’re not then we will get punished.”