Tommy Wright pulled no punches in his assessment of Corby Town’s late implosion as they missed the chance to seal an outright place in tomorrow’s (Monday) FA Cup second qualifying round draw.
The Steelmen were 2-0 up and then 3-1 to the good against Evo-Stik Northern League Division One South strugglers Norton United in the first qualifying round clash at Norton United.
But a defensive horror show allowed the visitors to score twice in the last 10 minutes as Leigh Skellern completed a hat-trick to earn his team a home replay on Tuesday night with a 3-3 draw.
Goals from Ben Milnes, Paul Malone and Wilson Carvalho had seen Corby in control of proceedings at certain times.
But boss Wright was furious after the way his team threw the game away and he didn’t hold back in the aftermath.
“The lads messed it up and they can go and put it right on Tuesday,” the Steelmen boss said.
“Norton set up exactly how we expected them to. The boys had all the information. The fact they have not digested that is up to them.
“Sometimes you have to hold your hands up as a manager and admit you got it wrong.
“But we did everything for the lads and I shouldn’t have to be going on the pitch to help see out games.”
Wright was again left to reflect on some poor defensive errors, which followed on from the 2-2 draw at Cambridge City in the Southern League Premier Division in midweek.
He added: “We looked comfortable at 2-0 up but we blew hot and cold too much.
“We looked very good at times but then we went back into our lazy mode.
“The second goal summed it up, it was all preventable. We were too deep and it is defensive errors that are costing us.
“We are going through that period where everything we seem to do wrong is being punished.
“We have scored five goals in two games this week and we have drawn twice. It’s not good enough.”