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Hayes anger as Fenmen 'give up and roll over'

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Wisbech Town manager Seb Hayes blasted his team after they lost meekly to visiting Stocksbridge Park Steels at the Elgood's Stadium this afternoon.

Hayes said his team didn't turn up and forgot to play their normal passing game as Steels comfortably won this Northern Premier League south east division game.

"We were at home after five matches away and I told the lads to put in a performance for the home fans and then we dish out that rubbish," said Hayes.

ANGRY: Seb Hayes (18681062)
ANGRY: Seb Hayes (18681062)

"The only thing to take out of that performance is that we didn't get stuffed because if they could finish better they could have beat us seven or eight. You could see that my team were just crying out for the referee to blow his whistle towards the end. They just gave up, rolled over and I'm not going to come out and defend them.

"You know it's bad when you bring on three subs to do better than the 11 were doing and none of them do anything different to what was happening before. It wasn't just a bad day at the office. We didn't turn up. We weren't even at the office. We didn't get to the office.

Stocksbridge were two up inside eight minutes and Hayes said: "The first goal was a ball over the top, Tom (Curtis) didn't win the header and we just stood and watched their lad score. The keeper should have saved the second goal without a shadow of a doubt. You should never get beat at your near post.

Penalty area action as Wisbech take on Stocksbridge Park Steels.
Penalty area action as Wisbech take on Stocksbridge Park Steels.

"The first of only two times we played football in the match, we opened them up and scored.

"We are not a long ball team but we played their game. Their front three were all good but we let them play to their strengths. They went straight into the forwards, who held it up and popped it off. They had runners off them and we didn't go with them.

"The team performance compared from Tuesday to today is a joke. Not comparable. We played well against Cleethorpes, we did enough against Kempston and were good defensively and we played brilliantly against Ilkeston."

The Fenmen are at local rivals March Town United in the Cambs Invitation Cup on Tuesday night and Hayes warned: "If we play like against March we're going to get annihilated. They've had good cup results already this season.

"I want to win the Cambs Invitation Cup. It's the most winnable competition for us. We're not going to win the league, we're not going to win the FA Trophy."


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