Brackley Town manager Jon Brady questioned the attitude of some of his players after their 1-0 home defeat to Stockport County.
Talking after their sixth defeat in seven games, Brady said: “I’m extremely frustrated. I think there’s three, four, maybe even five players in that squad today who are pretending and I told them in no uncertain terms.
“They didn’t show for me that they really want it bad enough and this is the situation we’re in and we’ve just got to fight as hard as we can with what we’ve got.
“Frank Sinclair put some of the young lads to shame today because his attitude, his energy, his desire at 43 years of age was immense, absolutely immense.
“Some of players need to have a look at themselves.”
Brady is now desperate to turn around his side’s fortunes as he looks to keep them out of a relegation battle, adding: “We’ve got the same players. We’ve just got to keep working hard and keep going and keep pushing on, it’s as simple as that.
“We’ve got to keep picking up points, somehow, someway and keep working hard.
“Stockport had just one shot on target and that shows a sign of weakness which we’ve had all season.
“It’s a sign of weakness that we concede that goal today and thereafter they do not have a shot all game and then we’re camped in their half the whole of the second half and we don’t play how we should. We try too many intricate passes in packed areas and we don’t switch play quick enough.
“We’ve worked on things throughout the week and then they keep making the wrong decisions and that’s hugely frustrating.
“I’ve had to lower our points target to 48 so we need 12 points from nine games and somehow we’ve got to get there. We’ve just got to do whatever it takes. There’s lots to do.”