Prescot Cables manager Kevin Lynch has described their defeat to Ramsbottom United as one of the “lowest points” of the season.
Cables were handed their third league defeat of the season when the Rams ran out 2-1 winners.
Harry Cannon-Noren equalised in the last 10 minutes, cancelling out Ben Halfacre’s opener, but just three minutes after parity was restored Billy Hasler-Cregg fired in at the near post to secure the win.
Lynch couldn’t hide his disappointment as the Pesky Bulls missed out on the chance to go to within touching distance of league leaders Macclesfield.
He told Off The Park: “Very disappointed to be fair, if I was honest I’d say one of my lowest points this season.
“People can make excuses from it because we got there late so then the preparation wasn’t right, you can use all the excuses you want, it’s just that we didn’t turn up on the night and the lads have to go to be better – they know it.
“They know how I feel, it’s about them not me.”
The Cables boss highlighted a number of reasons for why the Greater Manchester side ran out winners. One of which, he felt a number of players weren’t at the races.
He continued: “I just thought we looked leggy, I thought we looked lethargic, I thought they wanted it more.
“As I said, I just feel very disappointed, you can’t even carry one or two plates, there was five or six players that had an off night.
“I don’t know whether I’ve gone a little bit soft on them and given them a bit too much praise or we just felt it was going to be an easy night comparing where we are and where they was.
“I told them there’s no easy game this league, anyone can beat anyone on their day and it’s about how you apply yourself.
“It’s a massive learning curve, we can’t think we can turn up and they’ll lie down for you. Prescot is a scalp to have, we have to be bigger, stronger, more wiser to deal with it.
“A few expletives that I can’t repeat,” Lynch detailed on the conversations post-match. “We just gave some home truths really, we just felt some of the lads needed home truths coming out.
“I’m a passionate fella, a winner and I want my team to reflect me, on Tuesday night that performance didn’t reflect me or the club and the players know it.”
They host Glossop North End this weekend as they look to return to winning ways.
A win could see them maintain the pace with the play-off race at this early stage of the campaign but Lynch has now laid responsibility with the team for their performances.
He continued: “We are good at home, the lads I’m hoping are hurting, we’re going to train well and it is down to them.
“I can only give them instructions on how I want them to play, how we’re looking but it’s them who executes it and when they cross that white line, it’s about them, that’s what they’ve got to do.
“They had a great chance to go third in the league so that was disappointing as well but we’ve got this Saturday to put it right and I’m sure they’ll be up for it.
“There’s no easy game, it’s how you apply yourself on the day and how you implement the action plan that was set up to do. We know Glossop is never an easy game, they’ve had a good start but it is down to us.
“We have to apply ourselves but we’ve got to be better, got to get better, where we can go with the team and if they can’t get there then unfortunately they’ll be surplus to requirements because the club and the fans, the way they travel, support they give us, they deserve better and hopefully Saturday we’ll see a huge difference in ourselves.”