WORTHING Football Club manager Adam Hinshelwood wants to see more determination from his squad after they exited the Robert Dyas League Cup in the first round last night.
Rebels lost 4-3 at home to Horsham and Hinshelwood was disappointed with his side’s performance and admits he may have to look at changing the personnel in his squad if things do not quickly improve.
Speaking after the defeat, Hinshelwood said: “It was painful and I’ve just said that to them in the dressing room.
“I rested a few players but I haven’t taken the competition lightly as people have still paid money to come to watch tonight and I sent out more than a good enough team to win the game of football.
“It hurts me losing games of football but I don’t know if I get that same response from them. I take it home with me and we’ve got to get that winning mentality into the group. It’s got to start meaning things.”
As a former defender with Brighton & Hove Albion, Wycombe and Aldershot, Hinshelwood admits it is frustrating to see the goals his side concedes and said: “It’s 100 per cent more frustrating as a former defender.
“You can tell situations that are going on. How long to you keep going on telling the same people the same thing week-in, week-out, without them learning and grasping it?
“Sooner or later, you’ve got to have a look at the personnel and say you’ve given them the opportunity but they’re not quite cutting it at this level. I think that’s got to happen sooner rather than later because I don’t want to keep on watching it.”
Hinshelwood praised the performance of central midfielder Luke Kilner, who made his first appearance since August. Hinshelwood said: “Luke played the Corinthian Casuals game and did well and then we went on a bit of a run and he’s been unlucky to not be back in the team.
“He spent a long time on the bench but he’s come in tonight and applied himself and looked like he cared and wanted to be out there and fighting for the shirt.
“That’s all I ask. We’ve got to start showing more determination. It must be painful for the paying supporters to just see the goals that we are conceding as it’s embarrassing to watch.
“Tonight was the first of four home games and it was a real chance for us to get a bit of momentum and we let that slide.”
Hinshelwood added that his side have missed injured central defender James Nicholls and hopes he could return for Saturday’s home game with Whitstable.
Hinshelwood said: “We need to start keeping clean sheets and we’ve been so reliant on one player since he hasn’t been in the side.
“We’ve looked very vulnerable at the back since James has been out. The lad typifies what I’m talking about. He goes into every game with a determination to keep the ball out of his net and he wants to come away with the three points.
“He might lack technically and on the ball, where a few are better, but I’d take 11 James’s over 11 talented footballers because I think they’ll pick up more points.
“He’s desperate to be out there playing. Only on Monday he had 30 stitches taken out of a gash in his eye but he wants to be out on that pitch on Saturday.
“We’ll do all we can to patch him up and get him out there. You’d like to think you could give him a bit longer to recover but he’s that big a player for us that we can’t, unfortunately.”