A STRONG response and three much-needed points were Eastwood Town boss John Ramshaw’s demands this week as his side aim to bounce back from their FA Trophy nightmare.
The 7-0 loss at Guiseley last weekend saw another cup run ended at the first hurdle and without a whimper following the FA Cup exit to Evesham in September.
And Ramshaw says the Badgers’ collapse at Guiseley left him livid.
“Firstly, I have to say Guiseley were excellent and that even their manager and fans were saying that’s the best they’ve played this season.
“However, I was apoplectic after the game, particularly with the way we totally capitulated following the second goal.
“We’d actually started quite well and David Haggerty and Josh Burge both missed good opportunities while we were still in the game.
“But then we got caught in possession for them to make it 2-0, and before you know it we’re five down at half-time and the tie is over.
“We weren’t tight enough, particularly in midfield, and you can’t do that against a side like Guiseley. I can only apologise to those fans who made the trip.”
“I told the players in no uncertain terms that they were playing for their professional pride in the second-half and to be fair we were better, so I’ll be expecting a similar attitude this weekend.”
Ramshaw also said that having been in the job for a month he is no longer going to protect his players from criticism following bad performances.
He added: “The honeymoon period is over in that sense. I don’t like to castigate players in public but they have to start earning the plaudits I’d much rather be giving them.”
Nuneaton Town visit Coronation Park this weekend in the middle of a good run of form having not lost since October 22. They won 4-0 at Sheffield FC in the FA Trophy last Saturday.
That game will be followed by a visit to league leaders Hyde, who Eastwood were seconds away from beating at Coronation Park in September before being denied by a late equaliser.
Ramshaw said: “These are difficult games but I’ll be pulling no punches and I expect a positive reaction to last weekend’s defeat.
“The simple fact is that we have to start picking points up otherwise we’re going to get cut adrift.
“We’ve a home game with Workington in a couple of weeks which even at this stage of the season is looking like it’ll be a real six-pointer, and that game comes in the middle of encounters against sides who are all in the top half of the table.”
Ramshaw added that he hopes to have signed a new defender by the weekend but that contractual details have held the move up.