Terry McPhillips was quick to admit that Bristol Rovers had caught Blackpool at the right time following Pool's 3-0 defeat.
The Seasiders' midweek exertions at Arsenal, plus the travelling, resulted in a lacklustre display from the players, who just couldn't muster the energy to perform at their usual level.
"It was a great time for them to play us, on the back of Wednesday and the travel," the manager said. "I got to bed at about six in the morning and I still feel tired, and so do the staff. Those lads that put a shift in at The Emirates you’ve just seen are still leggy. We knew it was going to be hard.
"They (Bristol Rovers) don’t concede many goals, they’ve kept lots of clean sheets and have kept another one today. That’s five out of the last eight games for clean sheets for them, though they’ve probably only won two of those games. We knew it was going to be a slog, and it was. We were beaten by the better team."
Pool were also dealt a blow before the game when Mark Howard was ruled out injured, joining several others on the sidelines.
"Mark Howard has been superb and that obviously hasn’t helped us today. Then you’re without Donervon and then Armand due to suspension. We’ve missed all of them today, but on the back of the week we’ve had, we got what we got today because we were all tired," McPhillips added.