“Not good enough - simple as that” was the verdict of Whitby Town player-manager Darren Williams after the Blues’ second-half horror show last night (Wed), against Ilkeston.
The Robins had lost all six of their previous league trips to the Turnbull Ground, including those played in their former guise of Ilkeston Town, but fired four goals after the break to leapfrog Whitby into 12th spot.
Williams added: “We had Ibby Hassan sent off, which didn’t help, but leading to that it wasn’t good enough. “Regardless of who you’re playing, you have to work hard.
“It had a feel as if the season had ended- it had that feeling from start to finish and that’s not what I want.
“I want players with desire and if they don’t show me that desire, they won’t be here next season.”
The ex-Sunderland defender made four changes from Saturday’s draw with bottom-club Eastwood, but refused to use that as an excuse against another mid-table side, which included some academy and reserve team players.
“I’m not just blaming the lads who came in, it was the full eleven, it just wasn’t good enough and you can’t legislate for that. Yeah, you can have a bad day technically with the ball, but work-rate and desire should always be there and tonight that wasn’t there.”
Referring to Hassan’s red card, early in the second half, which didn’t stop the defender getting Town’s man of the match award, Williams remarked: “It’s a pivotal part of game - they’ve collided together, the centre forward’s never going to get it.
“You can look it from either side really, but we didn’t start the game well, we weren’t really there.
“But situations like that do turn games and it did put us on the back foot.”