Lower Breck manager Gary Moore has urged his side to ‘pick their chins up’ against Avro after their FA Cup exit.
They were on the receiving end of a 2-0 defeat against Penistone Church. It was their third meeting in a year after pair were drawn against each other at the same stage but after a replay, Lower Breck came out on top.
For the Breck, their disappointing performances continued as they failed to land a glove on their Sheffield opponents following their defeat to Vauxhall Motors, days earlier.
“Certainly was (a tough defeat), there’s a lot of words that can be used to be honest,” Moore told Off The Park.
“Simply wasn’t good enough from us in every aspect and it’s something we weren’t expecting to see.
“Team’s have bad days at the office, you’ve got to expect that but we just couldn’t do the basics, the simple basics just went astray. In such a big game with it being the FA Cup, certainly not the cup you’re going to win but one you want to go a few rounds in.
“I don’t know if the lads underestimated them in a sense, we played with them twice last season, drew with them at our place and they battered up when we played away for 45 minutes.
“I don’t know, we hit the post early on and I don’t know if the lads thought it’d be easy. For the first 15 minutes we were okay, but as a management team we could see a few things developing.
“Once they scored, you can’t let a side that work that hard take the lead against you and the next minute, the lads panicked. The football we played was pretty, pretty awful.
“We couldn’t string five passes together, we didn’t create any chances in the second half that’s the most frustrating thing for us.
“It’s not a cup you’re going to win but for every club, look at Marine, you’ve got to have the dream to get a few rounds and gets some pounds in the coffers. It’s not panic stations but the lads were told in no uncertain terms what we expect of them moving forward.”
Avro are unbeaten in their opening three matches. And the Breck manager is aware of the challenge they pose.
He added: “Always tough ground to go, we’ve had joy there a lot of times. There’s no easy time to go there, we’ve got eight lads unavailable through whatever, holidays, injuries or whatever but it’s the perfect opportunity to bounce back.
“We can’t get no lower than we did on Saturday, the chips aren’t down by any means but I’ve told the lads they’ve got to get their heads up, you’re two games into the season, see where you are November, December. We’ve got a group of lads there, a good group of lads.
“It hasn’t been ideal, we haven’t had a full quota in three games. It’s just disappointing to down to a performance like that, you shouldn’t have that performance in an FA Cup game, at home, it just shouldn’t happen. That’s the only blow we’ve took, a blow to your supporters watching it.
“They deserve better and we’ve told them that, so we go to Avro, they’ve got to go there, pick their chins up and put on a massive performance.”