Chris Hardy strongly believes that yesterday’s friendly with Marske United turned out to be a “disappointing 2-0 defeat” as the Blues come to the end of their pre-season preparations.

Despite putting in a performance that matched Marske for long spells, the Seasiders never really looked likely to score at Mount Pleasant.

The performance had the Blues’ manager concerned with the big kick-off approaching and he made this clear in his post-match interview.

“We spoke about how various aspects of this match could throw us,” Hardy revealed.

“In the end it seemed that all problems thrown at us were difficult for us to deal with.

“We were ponderous in our possession and we never really looked like we were going to penetrate our opponents.”

Prior to the host’s opener, Whitby had a glorious chance to take the lead themselves, but Matthew Tymon was just unable to reach the ball after an initial save from Jack Norton.

Marske would go up the other end and score straight away, much to the anger of Chris Hardy.

“The criticism has to be that we’re looking to be more clinical on the front foot,” said Hardy.

“Sometimes it leaves you open to the counter attacks and overloads when things break down.

“That’s exactly what happened, but we shouldn’t be in that situation as we should be more clinical.”

Towards the end of the match at Mount Pleasant, frustrations about the performance appeared evident throughout the squad.

However, Alex White’s red card was not necessary as he appeared to use physical contact on Callum Martin, something which Hardy addressed quickly.

“Me and the players have given him extremely strong words,” Hardy stated.

“That behaviour is unacceptable and it’s not what we’re about. It came from a situation fabricated by Marske but we were on the receiving end because of our stupidity.

“There’s no other way of summing that moment up other than describing it as pure stupidity.”