Dennis Greene has apologised to Boston United’s travelling fans for yesterday’s defeat to Darlington, saying he was ‘embarrassed’ by the 4-1 scoreline.
The sub-par Pilgrims were put to the sword by the hosts, who built upon their narrow 1-0 interval lead with three goals in an eight-minute spell shortly after the re-start.
Jay Rollins netted Boston’s consolation, their first goal of the National League North season, deep into stoppage time.
For one travelling supporter seeing his side finally net after more than 270 minutes of league action was enough for him to leap onto the turf to celebrate with the goalscorer.
But as he was ejected, his fellow United fans trudged out dejected after a result which sees the club bottom of the table and without a point.
“Sorry to the fans, I’ll hold my hands up. I’m embarrassed about the way we performed,” the manager said.
“Thanks for travelling, I’m really gutted that you have to come away from home and watch what went on in the second half.
“They sung and cheered, we had a supporter come on the pitch when the goal went in, so he had something to cheer about.
“I’m disappointed for them.”
With the scores goalless, Boston saw chances for Waide Fairhurst, Gregg Smith and Rollins go begging, before the hosts took a 43rd minute lead from the spot via Terry Galbraith following Joe Maguire’s foul on Liam Hardy.
But the second half saw the Pilgrims fall apart, with comical defensive errors costing the side dearly, Hardy allowed to double the advantage as the ball bounced off the head of Maguire and teed him up.
Herve Pepe-Ngoma then sliced a clearance into his own net before Mark Beck headed home the fourth.
“The first half, more than in the game,” Greene reflected.
“Unlucky with the penalty, the fella’s gone over quite lightly and the referee’s given the penalty from the wrong side of play.
“We go in 1-0 down and don’t deserve it.
“But then we come out second half and as soon as that second goal goes in from the mistake, the ball come off Joe’s (Maguire’s) head, we just fell apart.
“No desire, we just invited the pressure.
Every goal was avoidable and it was embarrassing.
“We’ve had five or six really good chances and if we take one or two of them it’s a completely different game.”
Greene added that a few harsh words were exchanged in the dressing room after the final whistle, ahead of Tuesday’s home clash with Tamworth (KO 7.45pm).
He added: “We’ve got a lot to learn.
“We said a few home truths in there.
“I said there’s probably three players who have performed to their capabilities. You won’t win matches like that.”