WOKING boss Garry Hill was “fuming” following his side’s 4-1 defeat at the hands of Sutton United last Saturday.
The Cards’ supremo was less than impressed after watching his side’s dishevelled performance, which could have ended in a much heavier defeat.
And Matt Tubbs’ late consolation goal – his second in three appearances while on-loan from Forest Green Rovers – did little to change the mood from the technical area.
Hill said: “The club and its supporters deserve a lot more than what they saw against Sutton United at the weekend.
“The manner in which we lost gives a reason for grave concern. The players know my thoughts, and I won’t accept what I’ve seen against Sutton. I don’t expect the supporters to accept it either,” he added
Hill’s side has now conceded 33 goals in 15 games; the second worst defensive record in the division, and The Cards’ latest result prompted an hour-long post-match meeting in the dressing room.
“The goals we’re conceding are very, very cheap,” Hill said.
“It’s like we are a charity at the moment. We’re conceding far too many goals, irrespective of whom we’re playing.
“I have told the players to take more responsibility for their actions and to stand up and be counted. It’s about challenging the status quo: Is there a problem with your teammate, manager, coach, formation?
“I’ve had teams in the past where I’ve had to separate players at half-time and at the end of the game from fighting each other when its meant so much to them in winning a game of football. But they were passionate,” added Hill.
The Woking boss admits that last Saturday’s performance has helped to answer a few questions in a big, big way.
“The number one thing for this football club this year is to make sure that, whatever happens, we stay out of the bottom four,” reaffirmed Hill.
This Saturday, Woking head to the south west coast when they take on Torquay United in what is a must-win Emirates FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie.
And with £12,500 up for grabs for the winners of final qualifying round, the stakes remain high.
“We’ve not had an FA Cup run for several years,” remarked Hill.
“This football club needs resources from a cup run. We have got to stand up and rely on a bit of success to help turn our season around and give the club some stability going forwards.
“We’ve got to go there on Saturday and do everything possible to get a result and stay in the FA Cup,” he added.
Written by David Richardson and Andy Fitzsimons.