Belper Town manager Jim Albans was not happy with the commitment and desire his players showed on Saturday as they crashed out of the Emirates FA Cup at the hands of Dunkirk.
The Nailers lost 3-1 to their visitors who play a level below them in the Midland Football League, Rob Stevenson with the hosts’ only goal.
And Albans, whose side hosted Rugby Town in a Doodson Sport Cup preliminary round clash last night (Tuesday), didn’t hold back in criticising the display.
He said: “When you look at the way we played away at Spalding last Tuesday night, with the character and desire the players showed to try and get something from the game despite having ten men for 80 minutes, and then compare that to the passion and commitment we showed on against Dunkirk, it was like watching two different football teams.”
New signing Tom Liversedge was cup-tied for the game on Saturday and despite him having only played once for the Nailers, he was a big miss for Albans’ side.
Town’s boss added: “I think it was pretty obvious how much we missed Tom. Although he only played 60 minutes on Tuesday, his hold up play was vital and obviously he gave us the lead.
“He would have certainly helped the situation against Dunkirk but the players we put out certainly have enough to win the football match providing they apply themselves correctly.”
The Nailers have had four red cards so far this season and the suspensions are coming thick and fast, which gives an opportunity to players from the Under 21s and academy sides to get first team experience.
Albans said: “I watched the Under 21s on Thursday night against Ilkeston and I was very impressed.
“There looked to be some good players who are pushing for the first team. Me and Wayne have always said if the player is good enough he will get his chance and nothing has changed in that respect.”
Belper host Chasetown in the league this Saturday (19th) and then have another home game next Tuesday night, this time with Goole AFC.