Wisbech Town manager ready to shake up side after FA Vase defeat to Tividale
Wisbech Town manager Alex Street has vowed to make changes after seeing his side exit the FA Vase with a whimper on Saturday.
The Fenmen crashed out of the FA Vase, beaten 4-3 on penalties at home to struggling Tividale after the tie had finished 2-2 after 90 minutes at Fountain Fresh Park.
Street pulled no punches after the final whistle, accusing some of his players of lacking character and desire on the pitch.
A furious Street blasted: "It's the way we let goals in that is really starting to frustrate me. They're too nice to each other.
"At the end of the day, you get paid to do a job. When you cross that line you ain't mates, you are colleagues, and the amount they just accept off each other.
"I'll take your responsibility, I've given them bit of trust but they ain't good enough some of them and that's a fact.
"Defensively we're all over the place and the goals we let in is it's frightening. I mean, they've done absolutely nothing second-half and we've give them a second goal to put them in the lead.
"It's then backs up against the wall and we have to go gun-ho to get a second and we get it. It's just the lack of know-how, character, desire to defend their goal is, is just non-existent.
"It's starting to bug me and it has got to change. We've got to get some players in and I may have to get rid of a few to release some of the budget because.
"I think we've got some people happy to pick their money up. I don't know how much it means to them to play for this football club or if it's going to hurt them, that they're out of this cup with a great tie that we could have had at home.
"Whether they're already looking over their shoulder, I don't know, but we're in a we're in a bad run at the minute and that's something needs to change.
"I question whether they give me everything they've got. There have been some poor performances in there and some people just doing enough, think they're doing okay.
"I'm disappointed for the fans, I'm disappointed for the football club and disappointed for myself. I've got to make changes and that will be done this week.
"This cup is done, we're out of the League Cup and we're on a bad run in the league at the minute and we now need some results to get us out of this hole.
"I don't know if we've got any men that want to get out of it and that's the problem."
The West Midlanders had been bottom of the table when the draw was made but came into this game on the back of two wins.
A poor first half for the Fenmen saw them concede after 30 minutes through a Taylor Townsend effort, but they equalised in the first minute of the second half, Amir Ward finding the bottom corner from just inside the box.
After 75 minutes a poor pass back to home keeper Dan George was intercepted by Dom Dell and Tividale took the lead again, only for sub Rob Conyard to equalise with his first touch eight minutes later to take the match to penalties.
Goalkeeper Dan George saved two of the Tividale spot-kicks but Sisa Tuntulwana, Conyard and Ward all fluffed their lines from the penalty spot as the visitors booked their place in the next round.
The defeat denied Wisbech a long and lucrative run in the competition.
"I don't get it, said a bemused Street.
"It's every boy's dream as a kid to play at Wembley, the home of our football in England and for people not to stand up and be counted for at home in front of their own fans, it's worrying.
"I've failed in the semi-finals. It's tough knowing you've got that close to getting there, it's heartbreaking, but to lose to a side after giving them goals is poor.
"There's always a mistake here, a mistake there. Someone is not doing their job. They're getting rolled or not winning the header they're getting done with the simple things."
Next up for the Fenmen is a trip to Loughborough Students in the UCL Premier Division North on Saturday before a Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup Tie at home to West Wratting on Tuesday.