Manager Graham Drury has branded Boston United’s 7-1 spanking at Altrincham as ‘totally embarrassing’.
Last night, the Pilgrims left Moss Lane on the end of their heaviest defeat since 1999’s 8-0 thumping at Bath City.
“Embarrassing. Totally embarrassing,” were the first three words Drury spoke after he left the dressing room.
“I just spoke to the players. People might say it won’t do the players any good if you’re slagging them off or anything, but I just asked the players what they want me to say to the press.
“They just said they’ve let the club down. Not just the management, they’ve also let the club down. That’s come from the players.
“They didn’t work for each other, they didn’t do anything that you need to do in a game of football.
“That was a training game for Altrincham tonight. It was so, so easy for them.”
Damian Reeves, the Blue Square Bet North’s leading scorer, gave Altrincham a deserved early lead before Jordan Smith’s neat equaliser gave the Pilgrims a glimmer of hope.
But a brace from Simon Richman and a finish from Duncan Watmore saw the Robins flying high with a 4-1 interval lead.
The gallows humour then kicked in, with travelling supporters joking that the hosts could surpass last season’s score, when they humiliated United 6-1.
The fans then learned you shouldn’t joke about such issues. Altrincham did just that.
Scott Leather made it five, Reeves grabbed another and substitute Ryan Brooke completed the rout.
But things got even worse for the woeful Pilgrims when Gary Silk’s frustration got the better of him and he was sent off for a tussle with Brooke.
As the final whistle saved the Pilgrims from further humiliation, Drury launched into an attack on his squad, questioning whether they’re up to the challenge.
He added: “It doesn’t matter what formation we use, it doesn’t matter what team I pick, we’ve got to have that desire.
“I’m afraid you’ve got to have a group of players to do that. I don’t think we have.
“Should I be looking to next season? Because I don’t know if I can work with what we’ve got here.”
Drury’s first seven games in charge have seen United win twice, draw twice and lose on three occasions.
It could be argued that the manager’s candid comments could be losing him the support of those players in the dressing room who were with the club before his arrival.
However, he’s not the first man in charge to see this squad slump.
Jason Lee certainly had the backing of his players, but he couldn’t prevent Boston losing almost as heavily at Moss Lane last season.
This season he saw his side lose four consecutive games early on in the campaign, while a winless sequence of six matches - including an FA Trophy exit at Skelmersdale - cost him his job.
Graham Hyde took over in a caretaker role and watched his side brushed away 4-0 at Vauxhall Motors in one of the worst performances this side have managed this season.
There is undoubtedly plenty of talent on the club’s books, but consistency is something no manager has achieved at York Street since Rob Scott and Paul Hurst jumped ship for Grimsby Town.
“They haven’t turned up. They’ve not worked hard enough for each other,” Drury continued.
“They had more desire to get into the box than we have.
“There were so many problems tonight.
“You have to blame the players, (Altrincham) have had the same problem as we have (with weather postponing matches).
“I don’t pull any punches, and that was embarrassing.”