BLUES boss Keith Curle made a point of using all his substitutes in the 6-0 hammering at Blackpool - to make sure every player sampled the bitter taste of defeat.
City had breezed through their pre-season campaign until their unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt at Bloomfield Road.
'I made sure everybody played, so everybody felt a part of the defeat,' said Curle. 'Whatever team I pick on Saturday, I can't see people being able to knock on my door to ask why they aren't playing after that. I wanted everybody to feel it hurt.
'We might go down to 10 men some times this season and what you can't afford to do is collapse. That's the most disappointing thing for me. I don't mind losing but teams have got to earn the right to beat us and Blackpool didn't have to. The towel got thrown in and the team started playing as individuals.'
Curle fined Abdou El Kholti after the full-back was red-carded for a professional foul on Keigan Parker. And while Tangerines boss Colin Hendry admitted he had pleaded with the officials to order El Kholti to be substituted rather than dismissed, Curle had no sympathy.
'The disappointing thing is that Abdou has been told two or three times about his positional sense,' fumed the City boss, who later fined El Kholti. 'He has to learn.'