Wisbech Town manager apologises to fans and questions players' fight to win relegation battle
Wisbech Town manager Brett Whaley apologised to supporters and warned he was losing patience with some of his players after an abject performance in a 2-1 home defeat to Histon this evening (Tuesday).
The Fenmen have now lost three out of three Pitching In Northern Premier League Midland Division games, sandwiched by a 2-0 home success in the FA Cup against lower league Whitton United on Saturday.
Whaley said: "One side knew they were in a relegation fight tonight and the other didn't realise it. But they realise it now, because the fact of the matter is we had too many people losing the ball and not tracking back, every second ball, Histon wanted to win more than us.
"After making progress on Saturday and then to serve that up tonight, we can only apologise to the supporters. That's nowhere good enough and we have to realise quickly that we are in a right scrap.
"The odd win is not going to get us out of trouble, and I've told the players until we get points, until we get mid-table, right from the start we are in a relegation fight... and if that's how we perform in a relegation fight, the we are in real trouble.
"If these players are not prepared to scrap, we cannot stick by them any more. Histon put their bodies on the line, worked hard and wanted it, and that's the bare minimum you should do at this level.
"We can't pull any punches now and the boys need to prove their spirit quickly. We now have two games in three days (Coleshill away on Saturday an Yaxley at home on Bank Holiday Monday) and if they haven't got fight for them, we are going to find ourselves in real trouble.
"We need to scrap, show more determination and get the basics right, the ugly bits. They've got to come with an attitude that they're prepared to be in a fight. If they're not, they need to say it now because we know what we're involved in.
"We've been trying to build something and to back the same players but results haven't changed in the league - and they have to change quickly.
"Too many times in the first half tonight we gave the ball away, and in the second half there was no urgency to go on to try to win the game.
"Sam Murphy got injured and looks like he will be out for awhile now and it's only him and Aaron Hart who can really hold their heads up after the first four games and that's a real shame.
"We got what we deserved tonight. It's difficult to excuse that type of performance. We said before the game that, regardless of Histon's previous results, this is Step 4 football, it's going to be a scrap, it's not the FA Cup against a lower level side.
"We gave the ball away in the first half and looked lethargic and in the second half it was even worse. At half time we told them they just looked like they expected it to happen for us, but that we needed to make it happen.
"But again, a stupid mistake gives the opposition a goal. Then we lose our heads for a few minutes, exactly the same as at Corby (2-0 defeat last Wednesday), and concede again.
"Finally, we showed a bit of urgency for the last 10 minutes of the game, and that's not good enough.