Holbeach United manager admits his side were 'way off our level' against Desborough Town
There were no excuses from Tigers' boss Danny Hussey or captain Spencer Tinkler about the lack of quality from their side against Desborough.
Tomorrow's training session will have an extra edge in the knowledge that an improvement in standards will be expected, and needed, for Holbeach's trip to Wellingborough Town on Saturday.
Hussey said: "We were really, really poor, way off our level and nowhere near what we should have been.
"It's the poorest we've played for a while, but Desborough probably played their best game of the season,
"I don't think we were in control of the game at any point in the 90 minutes and Desborough were the better side.
"The three officials were the worst we've had down here this season because there were two sendings off in the first half, but they haven't given either of them.
"The officials let tackles go which should have been bookings, their keeper was holding on to the ball, wasting time, but the referee let him do it.
"I'm not blaming the officials for the result, but they're a part of it because if Desborough go down to nine men, which they should have done, it's a different game.
"Would we have won?Not the way we played because Desborough were on the front foot and fully deserved their equaliser.
"I said to the boys before the game: 'They'll either cave in if we get the better of them or they'll dig in and work even harder than they did on Tuesday night to make sure they don't get beat'.
"That's what they did and we've not matched which is disappointing for me as a manager."
Tinkler said: "We didn't do enough to win the game and we got out of it what we put in.
"Nobody is making any excuses because we know, as a team, that we didn't deserve to win.
"Desborough battled and worked harder than we did and although their keeper had a couple of saves to make, they were both from free kicks.
"It was just one of those games where the lads put in the effort but there wasn't enough quality."
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