Buckingham Town boss Chris Robson was again left a frustrated man after watching his side throw away a two-goal lead in their 3-2 Boxing Day defeat at home to Olney Town.
After a slow start, the Robins took the lead on 39 minutes when Mitch Brent beat his man with a brilliantly-executed Cruyff turn before curling a 20-yard effort into the corner.
Town then strengthened their position with a second five minutes after half-time as Joe Donaldson slotted home from Kyle Stimpson’s cross.
The hosts had chances to go further ahead through Brent and Joseph O’Reagan, but their failure to convert proved costly when three Olney goals in the final 30 minutes, including one from former Robins striker Joel McCormick, completed a dramatic turnaround.
Robson said: “Today was a tough one to take because we put ourselves in a great position and looked comfortable, only to completely capitulate and throw the game away.
“We changed our system and played a diamond in midfield and for the first 20 minutes we struggled to adapt and were all over the place, but once we settled, I felt we were by far the better side and controlled the game and started to play a bit and create chances.
“Unfortunately we got a bit carried away and gave stupid fouls away, which allowed the opposition to bombard the box with set plays, and our marking from those set plays was diabolical and that needs to be addressed.
“I cannot fault the lads who were in the squad today as they gave me their all.
“If I was to be angry at anything it would have to be the lads who made themselves unavailable for the game. We had 11 players missing, two from suspension and nine who told me they weren’t available for various reasons, and for me that is not good enough.
“Players who want to play for this club should know you are expected to commit to your football. That includes playing over the Christmas period and travelling far for away games, and a few let their team-mates down today.”
Despite Town’s poor form, which has seen them lose eight of their last nine league games, Robson remains confident his side can turn it around, starting with Saturday’s trip to New Bradwell St Peter in the cup.
He added: “I am very positive we can have a good second half to the season, as long as we cut out our individual mistakes and get a settled squad with 16 players every week.
“If we sort these issues, we will more than match the majority of teams in our league and start winning games.”