The record of Seb Hayes as Holbeach United’s manager sums up their inconsistency.
Five wins and five defeats – plus a couple of quarter-final cup losses – show why he is still feeling frustrated over the level of performances.
Yet again this weekend, they need to bounce back from a defeat as they face ON Chenecks at Carter’s Park following a 3-0 scoreline away to Wellingborough Town.
Hayes said: “For the first 20 minutes we were the better side and we could have been 3-0 up.
“We had sustained spells of pressure but they threw everything at the ball to stop it going in.
“If we had taken any of those chances, I believe we would have gone on to win.
They can’t just pick and choose when they want to turn up because that attitude is not good enough.Seb Hayes
“Instead, we went behind and Wellingborough got their second goal before half-time.
“At that stage there was no fight in us and no belief that we would get back into it. At 3-0 five minutes into the second half, it was game over.
“When we have scored first, we have won all those games with a clean sheet.
“But every time we have gone behind, we have lost. We don’t have the character to get back into the game.
“We have to roll up our sleeves and show a bit more pride.
“It’s worrying that this squad won’t give everything. Last week the players agreed that Wellingborough fought harder and wanted it more than us. I don’t want to hear that.
“They need to take a long, hard look at themselves but the criticism heading their way has not produced the desired effect so far.
“We need players to step up with pride and faith in their ability.
“They can’t just pick and choose when they want to turn up because that attitude is not good enough.
“We need more characters out there with some hunger and aggression.”
Holbeach won 4-0 at ON Chenecks three months ago in Hayes’ first game in charge thanks to goals in a 20-minute spell from Tommy Treacher, Aaron Eyett, Spencer Tinkler and Ollie Pinner.
Treacher (hamstring) and Josh Ford (groin) could be ruled out for the rest of this season but Pinner should be back in Saturday’s squad.