Marcus Law described Kettering Town’s performance as “awful” after they were brought back down to earth with a bump at Dunstable Town last night (Tuesday).
Just three days after dumping AFC Telford United out of the FA Cup, the Poppies found themselves 3-0 down inside 37 minutes before going on to suffer a 4-0 defeat on their return to Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division action.
Kettering dropped to 17th place in the table as a result and are now preparing for Saturday’s home clash against Hungerford Town.
And Law insisted it was his team’s display in both penalty areas that was to blame for the heavy loss.
“I thought we were making progress overall but then we find ourselves 3-0 down at half-time,” the Poppies boss said.
“From there, we were looking for a quick response in the second half but instead, we conceded another goal and then it was a case of seeing whether we prevented an avalanche.
“There were errors made by individuals and we have to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
“Simply put, we were awful.
“The big difference were the two 18-yard boxes because we defended as badly as we attacked.
“There can’t be any excuses about FA Cup hangovers or anything like that because Dunstable were in the boat.
“The fact is we had more shots than them but they have taken their opportunities that we have presented them with.
“We had 30 per cent more efforts on goal than them and we have come away with nothing.”
The Poppies’ misery was compounded when coach Scott Goodwin was sent from the touchline following an altercation with an opposing player.
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