Scarborough Athletic joint-bosses Paul Foot and Bryan Hughes were visibly outraged by Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup defeat at Consett.
After such a bright start to the league season, Boro just failed to show up in the cup, allowing Consett a comfortable path through.
Foot pulled no punches in his assessment of his side’s display.
He said: “I’m massively disappointed. They worked harder than us, they wanted it more than us, they were on the front foot more than us and I think they deserved it more than us.
“We didn’t have any desire and I don’t know why.
“With all the hype and buzz around us, we really fancied ourselves to come here and start a good cup run, but that wasn’t to be.
Boro made three alterations at the break after a pedestrian first half, with Ryan Blott, Alex Metcalfe and Nathan Peat all being withdrawn.
Foot has underlined that if he’d have had the opportunity, he wouldn’t have stopped there.
He added: “The changes were needed at the break. We needed to make some kind of change to create a spark out there.
“We could have changed anybody though, we could have changed the full 11 players.”
Hughes was also left shaking his head at the performance.
He said: “You can’t take your foot off the gas. They treated it like a cup tie, we treated it like a training exercise.
“I’m not picking individuals out, we were poor. Decision making was poor, the mistakes for the goals were poor. It just wasn’t us.”
Due to Brighouse’s FA Cup draw against Atherton, Boro are now without a game on Bank Holiday Monday, denying Athletic with an immediate opportunity to bounce back.
“You want a reaction straight away, but with Monday’s game being off we’ll get chance to regroup and look at things,” said Hughes.
“It has been a good start to the season, but this result proves that you can be brought back down to earth.
“It has brought me and Paul down to earth and I hope it has done the same to the players.
“From one to 16 we weren’t good enough. We pride ourselves on clean-sheets, but defensively as a team we weren’t at the races.
“The players are hurting, I’m sure all the fans will be hurting.
“You look at FA Cup ties when you are a young player and you look forward to being a part of them.
“For some reason against Consett that wasn’t the case.”