Buckingham Town manager Chris Robson described Saturday’s 6-1 defeat to St Neots as a “nightmare” and the lowest point of his football career.
Ebey Marango netted a hat-trick while Lewis Davis, Jordan Fife and Dan Hobbs all scored in an emphatic victory as Saints condemned Buckingham to their eighth defeat in nine matches.
Mitch Brent scored Town’s only goal of the game, and Robson’s misery was compounded 15 minutes from time when the Robins boss was given a straight red card.
Afterwards, a demoralised Robson said: “I do not even know what to say after that - this is probably the lowest I have ever felt in my career after a football game.
“From start to finish the day has been a nightmare. We just about got together a squad and we had to ask two players to play while quite poorly and both couldn’t last the full game, and we had five lads turn up 30 minutes late, which interrupted my team talk and our match day preparations.
“We started with two subs including myself when you should have a squad of 16 on a match day. For this level of football that isn’t good enough and while it continues we will struggle.
“Players need to realise that to do well at this level of football you need to take it seriously, and their attitudes towards their football needs to be spot on.
“I am fed up saying the same thing over and over again and telling the players the same thing everytime I see them. I am in a situation where I cannot drop players as I have no one to replace them with.
“Today’s game was very open, end-to-end football. The difference was that we gifted St Neots four of the six goals through awful individual mistakes and they had players who punished us for it.
“St Neots also made a few mistakes which gave us opportunities, and we also created at least seven clear-cut chances which we failed to take through awful finishing.
“Again we had two players sent off so playing with nine men is impossible against any opposition in our division.
“I seriously need to have a think now where do we go from here as this is probably rock bottom for us, and if we continue like this we will be dragged into a relegation battle with Corby, Burton, and today’s opponents who slaughtered us.”
Robson also apologised for his sending off, adding: “I would like to apologise for my sending off.
“The tackle I made was a disgrace. It was fuelled by the frustration I was feeling from the game, although that is not an excuse.
“Someone with my experience and especially as the manager should know a lot better. I apologised to the lad after the game, and also to St Neots. Not only will I get a three-match ban and a well-deserved £50 fine, but I have also fined myself for it.”
Buckingham host Thrapston Town this weekend.