“I need a bottle of wine”. Those were Dennis Greene’s parting words as he headed down the tunnel last night.
After watching his Boston United side beat Workington 5-3, following on from Saturday’s 5-2 victory at the expense of Vauxhall Motors, you could forgive the Pilgrims boss for being in the mood to celebrate.
After all, with 27 points from 12 matches at York Street, United have the Skrill North’s best home record.
They sit fifth in the table, just five points off leaders North Ferriby.
In Marc Newsham they have the division’s joint leading scorer on 16 goals, and a 100 per cent record in 2014.
But after watching his team ship five goals in two matches, the Boston manager was in need of a stiff drink to calm his nerves.
In an interview that was sometimes hilarious and often scathing, Greene said: “At the back we just went all Wacky Races.
“We left ourselves completely open and didn’t defend properly.
“We’re in disarray and we’re playing a team who travelled five hours, had four players missing and are bottom of the league.
“We looked in danger. We were really, really poor today.
“If we’d have played anybody else today we wouldn’t have won.”
Ricky Miller grabbed a first-half hat-trick for United, but two goals from Joe Jackson and a finish from Dan Wordsworth saw the scores locked at 3-3 with 10 minutes remaining.
However, returning winger Ryan Semple handed the Pilgrims a lifeline before Marc Newsham netted number five from the penalty spot after Miller was tripped by Valter Fernandes.
“Ricky’s got a hat-trick and he should be on the back of a 3-0 performance at least,” Greene continued.
“But it was awful today. It was really frustrating. Everything today was poor.
“To be fair to Workington, they had a bit of grit and at times they outbattled us.
“If they had a bit more quality they would have beaten us.”
Greene pointed a finger of blame at his threadbare midfield’s defensive capabilities, despite losing Indy Aujla after just eight minutes due to a hamstring injury.
And when asked whether or not the mystery central midfielder he hopes to bring in on Sunday can add to strength to the centre of the park, the Pilgrims boss replied ‘I hope so’ with a sigh.
Boston travel to face Hednesford on Saturday, with Scott Garner and Rene Steer both suspended, and Aujla doubtful.
However, it is hoped full back Liam Marrs will be available following injury.
“Fingers crossed Liam Marrs is back for Saturday, othwerwise put it down as 5-0 on your coupon,” Greene joked.”
Meanwhile, defender Steer was happy with a further three points, but admitted he was shocked by the Pilgrims’ last two scorelines - despite cutting his teeth in the Arsenal ranks.
He said: “There’s never a dull moment at York Street. I’ve never been involved in matches like it.
“We’ll take the three points, that’s the important thing. But we need to work on not conceding so many times.
“We shouldn’t have to score five goals to win a game. As a defender you want a clean sheet.”