WORTHING Football Club manager Adam Hinshelwood admitted last night’s performance in their 4-1 Ryman League South Division defeat to South Park was not good enough.
Rebels had striker Trevor McCreadie sent off early in the second half, with the score 3-1, but Hinshelwood said that was not an excuse for the defeat.
Worthing conceded two goals from long throws in the first half and Hinshelwood said: “We’ve got to sharpen up. You might concede one from a long throw but then there’s enough experience out there to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
“It’s a bit like watching us from last year. We could accept it a little bit more then because we had a young squad. I was hoping that the experience would do them good and they’d learn from it.
“But it’s like watching it again with experienced players in the team. That’s the tough thing to take and the two games we’ve lost at home recently concern me. Teams have come here and worked harder than us.
“I wouldn’t say that, ability-wise, they are better players but they have come here and worked harder. That’s really hard to take.
“I’ve been full of praise of the players for the way they’ve conducted themselves but those two performances - Ramsgate and tonight - were totally unacceptable.”
On McCreadie’s red card, when he got booked twice in the same incident, Hinshelwood said: “The sending-off summed us up. We had the ball in our favour, on the attack but we end up giving the ball away, giving away a foul and it just shows how naïve we are.
“Trevor was sent off for two bookings, he swiped out at him and then said something, I think. I was expecting a yellow, to be honest, so was a bit surprised by the red but the referee was right there on top of it and Trevor has got to learn from it.
“I’m not going to say that going down to ten men was the reason we lost 4-1, though, I don’t think it was. That’s just an easy excuse if anyone wants to use it but I’m not prepared to do that.
“I hold my head up high and will try to rally the troops and will get a team out there who are going to give their all for this club.
“The fans deserve that and, with the size of this club, they deserve a squad that is going to work for every minute and for every point and in two of the last three performances at home, they haven’t done it.
“One good performance out of three home games isn’t good enough. We’ll be keen to put that right on Saturday.”
Rebels travel to Merstham on Saturday and could give a debut to central defender Tom Broadbent, who has previously played for Pagham.
James Nicholls, who had 30 stitches around his eye, after a clash of heads in the cup defeat at Chelmsford, is likely to miss Rebels’ next two games at least.