Pickering Town boss Mitch Cook hit out at his struggling players after Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat against Barton Town.
Having upped their game in the 4-1 loss against the impressive Worksop Townlast Tuesday, the Pikes returned to their woeful worst at the weekend.
Although Cook understands that the blame for the results lies squarely on his shoulders, he has underlined that he isn’t being helped by his team’s dismal displays in the NCEL Premier.
There is no let up this weekend as they take the trip to leaders Handsworth Parramore.
“I’ve got to accept that the blame for the results will stop at my doorstep, but the players just aren’t performing,” he said.
“Having done well against a Worksop side that were easily the best team I’ve come up against in five years, we went into Saturday’s game looking to match that effort, work-rate and quality.
“Unfortunately they produced a display that was bitterly disappointing.
“We went a goal in front in the first few minutes through Ryan Cooper, but after that we collapsed as a side.
“The last 30 minutes of the half and the first 10 minutes of the second half was the worst performance that I have ever seen as a manager.
“It was unacceptable. There is a lot of experience at this level in our squad, but we are not using it.
“We are not working hard enough as a team, maybe that is down to how the players look after themselves personally.
“Some of the decisions made on the park are very naive as well.
“Rather than bouncing back from mistakes they are going into their shell and hiding.”
Cook is still focused on turning Pickering’s season around and forcing them into the top half of the table.
He added: “We have to keep working them hard, I’ll be doing the same to bring in other players.
“The players have to be willing to come though, they also have to fit into our wage structure.”