Tommy Wright pulled no punches as he struggled to come to terms with Corby Town’s capitulation against Vanarama National League North rivals Tamworth in the FA Trophy.
The Steelmen looked to be heading for victory in the third qualifying round clash at Steel Park as two strikes from Greg Mills saw them fight back from a goal down to lead 2-1.
They held that lead until the 72nd minute but Connor Taylor’s equaliser sparked an incredible demise as, by the 80th minute, Tamworth struck three more goals to take a 5-2 advantage before Ross Dyer completed a 12-minute hat-trick to round off a 6-2 win for the visitors.
Boss Wright described his team’s collapse as “criminal” and accused his team of “throwing in the towel”.
“There’s nothing to say to be honest,” the Steelmen boss said.
“When you have 20 minutes left on the clock and you go from winning a game of football to completely throwing in the towel as we did, it’s just unacceptable.
“I can’t give you an explanation for why that has happened. It was criminal. It was us lying down, throwing in the towel and dying. It just can’t happen.
“I can’t start to analyse each goal other than the fact that people on the pitch aren’t doing what I am telling them.
“It seems that players are making too many decisions and trying to come up with solutions.
“They can see that there is a problem and they will avoid their own responsibilities and try to go and do someone else’s job when all they need to do is concentrate on their own.
“I am the manager and I tell them where to play and where to stand on set-plays and that’s not happening at the moment.
“I always thought that when I got into management I would send out a team that sums me up.
“If that’s what I am putting out, that’s me putting my name to them and I am not putting my name to some of the cowardly performances that were out there today.
“To concede that many goals in the last 20 minutes of a game, I can’t see how it can possibly happen.
“If I am a defender, which I’m not, that doesn’t happen. That can’t happen. And that’s not me saying that Tommy Wright is the best player in the world.
“That’s me saying I have got a bit of heart and pride about me.
“It’s not good enough and times have got to change.”