Andrew Wilson believes Corby Town’s humbling defeat at Cogenhoe United came down to one thing – mentality.
The Steelmen joint-manager was fuming after seeing his team turn in what he described as a “disgraceful performance” as they were thrashed 4-0 by the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League team in the quarter-finals of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup.
And while Wilson conceded one of the only positive things about the midweek loss was that it came in a cup competition rather than the league, he insists the mentality of the players is something that must be worked on.
Corby return to Calor League Premier Division action at Steel Park on Saturday when they take on Chippenham Town.
And Wilson went as far to assure those associated with the club that there will never be a repeat of what was witnessed at Compton Park.
“I have seen some people saying we are Jekyll and Hyde and that is hard to argue with,” the joint-boss said.
“I would say we have had three really bad performances since we have got here, one at Banbury in the league, one at St Neots in the league cup and then Tuesday night.
“And the only thing I am grateful for is that the last two have come in competitions that may not be quite as important as the others. That isn’t being disrespectful, it is a matter of fact.
“But it doesn’t make it any better, the fact is that we were shocking on Tuesday.
“It all comes down to the mentality of the players and that is something we are going to have to work on.
“It can only be a mentality issue.
“So we have to trust the players to do their bit to get things right and we will regroup and go again for the weekend.
“We can’t allow ourselves to do what we did in midweek again.
“There is never any excuse for not working as hard as your opponents.
“All I can do is once again apologise to everyone associated with the club and assure them that it will not happen again while Tommy and I are here.”
Wilson made a point of praising the Cooks for their performance and admitted they “wanted it more” than his team.
“They were better than us,” Wilson conceded.
“We can’t take anything away from Cogenhoe.
“They worked harder than us, they were together as a unit, they won the first and second balls and they wanted it more than we did.
“We conceded after a minute and when you do that, you give the opposition something to cling on to.
“We had chances but didn’t take them.
“We can have no complaints whatsoever.”