Tommy Wright believes a “big week” lies ahead for Corby Town as he begins the task of picking up the pieces after the FA Trophy capitulation against Tamworth on Saturday.
The Steelmen led their Vanarama National League North rivals 2-1 with 18 minutes to go in the third qualifying round at Steel Park.
But a catastrophic collapse saw Wright’s team concede four goals in eight minutes before they were eventually hammered 6-2.
Things won’t get any easier next weekend when they return to league action with a short trip to current leaders Nuneaton Town.
And Wright knows there can’t be any repeat of the events late on at the weekend.
“They (Nuneaton) are the leaders, they are quite free scoring and they probably play the best football in this league,” the Corby boss said.
“If we play anything like we did for that last 20 minutes, it will be 10.
“If my players give me what they gave me for 70 minutes then we will give them a good game of football.
“It’s going to be a big week. I would imagine there will be more incomings and outgoings because I have to keep changing this until we get it right.
“We are conceding way too many goals. It is ridiculous and it’s embarrassing that a team like Tamworth who are not formidable scorers have come here and scored six. They must have thought Christmas had come early.
“My job starts again and I have got to come up with a solution of how I go forward with this group.
“My phone is going to be busy all week because I can’t accept that.”
Despite the dreadful events on the pitch, the Steelmen did have some positive news ahead of the clash with Tamworth as full-back Ben O’Hanlon had his loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers extended until December 28.
And Wright also included a new signing in his team in the form of midfielder Sam Downey, who has signed from Loughborough University.
“If Ben had it his own way, I think he would sign for the rest of the season,” Wright added.
“I am not sure why he want to do that at the moment but to have him for at least the next month is a massive boost for us.
“Sam is a lad who runs for fun and he’s got heart. He is the kind of player I want around me.”