The Leeds United defender could not prevent his side crashing to defeat against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
Hopes were high at Elland Road following Garry Monk’s appointment as manager and a string of new signings, including Bartley, but there were only four minutes on the clock when Nedum Onuoha bundled the ball home from close range.
Leeds debutant Ronaldo Vieira then fouled Jordan Cousins and Tjaronn Chery converted the subsequent penalty, before a late third from Sebastian Polter made it a day to remember for QPR and one to forget for their opponents.
Speaking after the match Bartley was honest in his assessment, saying, “It’s a disappointing result and it’s a kick up the backside I think for the whole team.
“We wanted to come out here and make a bright start to the season and it wasn’t meant to be, but I think in the long term it could be a blessing in disguise.”
It certainly could, if Monk can use the humiliation of a heavy opening weekend defeat and ensure Leeds’ players know they cannot let that happen again.
They certainly have the players to push for promotion – although they remain short in midfield – and it was always going to take time for the new signings to gel.
But this was simply not good enough and Monk will not stand for that kind of first-half performance again any time soon.