The Wanderers skipper came out to apologise on behalf of the dressing room after the club’s heaviest-ever defeat at this level of football.
More than 2,700 supporters crammed into two sides of the Wham Stadium and the day got off to the perfect start when Daryl Murphy put his side ahead after just four minutes. But when Josh Earl was sent off soon after things quickly deteriorated for the Whites.
“I want to say a massive sorry to the fans, the club and the manager,” Bridcutt told The Bolton News.
“That was probably one of the most embarrassing points of my career.
“You can’t forget them. You need to have that in the back of your mind going into every game now.
“If you don’t do it right, that is what will happen.”
Keith Hill branded referee Anthony Backhouse’s decision to send off Earl and award a penalty to the home side as an “overreaction” but Bolton’s rapid unravelling thereafter was a cause for serious concern.
“It is difficult when you go a man down but we’ve all be in those situations and you should deal with it better,” Bridcutt said. “For some reason the response just wasn’t there. The only positive you always get in football is that there’s another game to start putting it right.
“Over the last few weeks we have been building. We’ve won games and I felt we were moving towards what this club needs to be.
“That result could be a slap in the face to remind us all that we haven’t done anything yet.”
Wanderers had won three league games on the spin before Accrington and Bridcutt believes the performance was completely out of character.
“If you look at us over the last couple of months the team performances have been there, we’ve been working hard. You didn’t see that coming,” he added.
“All credit to them, they were hungrier, wanted it more, and it shows that if you are not on your game you’ll get punished.
“There are points in your career where you’ll always remember, and as a professional you always remember the bad ones over the good. That was a disaster from start to finish.
“It’s time to have a look at ourselves individually, as a team, and we need to stay together.
“We let the fans down, we let the club down and most of all let the manager down.”