Early Hughes goal saves Wisbech Town FA Cup blushes
Wisbech Town 1
Diss Town 0
Wisbech Town boss Brett Whaley pulled no punches after seeing his side limp through to the next round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
An early Robert Hughes goal was enough to see the Fenmen progress, but Diss belied their lower-league status to give their hosts a real fright.
The Tangerines dictated long spells of Saturday’s clash and created enough chances to have earned themselves at least a second bite of the cherry.
Whaley said: “We’ve got to work harder on the training ground and make sure that the things which are not happening get ironed out quickly.
“I was really disappointed today and we’ve made hard work of it. We are not keeping the ball well enough and are getting dragged into scrappy games.
“It’s now three fixtures on the trot where we haven’t been good enough and need to be a little bit better.
“After pre-season maybe we expected that we would go out on the field and it would happen for us but it isn’t.
“Results are good but performance-wise we are nowhere near where we need to be at present and at the moment I just don’t feel that we are ready for a really big test yet.
“We’ve got to move on because eventually we are going to come unstuck.”
Wisbech’s next opponents will be either Ely City or Holbeach who drew 1-1 on Saturday and replayed last night.
Match-winner Hughes said: “The performance wasn’t great but at the moment we seem to keep digging out results.
“Give us a couple of weeks on the training ground and I’m sure we will gel as we’ve got too much quality in this squad for it not to work.”
Hughes’ goal was the only bright spot on a difficult afternoon for the Fenmen.
The lower-league Tangerines created the better of the chances with Ben Lewis (twice) and Mark Appleton (twice) coming close to forcing a replay. The second-half introduction of Billy Smith and Luke Kennedy breathed new life into the hosts.
Diss goalkeeper Chris Bird pulled off a couple of good stops as Wisbech looked to catch the visitors on the counter-attack.