Buckingham Town manager Chris Robson has questioned his side’s attitude following their scrappy 1-0 victory over Willen in the County Cup.
Andy Cleere scored the game’s only goal to give the Robins their first win in five games, but Robson was less than impressed by his team’s display.
He said: “We always knew that these kinds of games against lower-league opposition are potential banana skins. You’re on a hiding to nothing, really. If you don’t win comfortably, it’s not good enough, but if you don’t win at all, it’s a terrible result.
“That being said, today was nowhere near the level expected. The attitude and application of most was appalling and for me, this was as disappointing as the heavy defeat at Peterborough Sports,
“Those two words - attitude and application - were the basis of my team talk, with not much more being said as these types of games boil down to exactly that.
“What’s upsetting is that one of our players, one who is willing to put his body on the line, Derek Brown, has ended up in hospital because we continually put ourselves under unnecessary pressure.
“All credit to Willen, though, they fought all game long and a lot of our players should take note. How they came out of this game with nothing, and how we kept a clean sheet, I’ll never know. But we move on and a win is a win.
“I’ve said it before, but it just doesn’t seem to sink in. The ability we have in this current squad is outstanding, but they need to put hard work before anything.
“If they realise that if they work harder than their opposing man, their ability will shine through and we will have a good side in the making.
“With some hard work in training and an attitude improvement, hopefully this can be the start of another positive run of results.”
Buckingham travel to Stewarts & Lloyds Corby for a UCL Division One encounter this weekend.