FURIOUS Nantwich Town boss Steve Davis has described Monday's 3-1 defeat to bottom side Great Harwood as the worst of the season.
Davis is angry at the manner of the loss at Jackson Avenue. It is the side's third reverse on the bounce and he pulled no punches in pointing the finger at his men.
Only Matt Blake and Danny Jarrett escaped with any credit from the game, which saw a second-half Melvin Daniels goal register as no more than a consolation.
Davis, who admits he is frustrated at having to watch from the sidelines as he rests an injured knee, said: 'It was very, very poor.
'With due respect, we should beat teams like that. They had a real go at us but we deserved nothing.
'It was the worst they have played all season. They knew that afterwards but I made sure they knew anyway. I've told them I won't accept that.
'I don't think the lads prepared properly at all. Perhaps they were still feeling the effects of the Easter weekend. Only Blake and Jarrett can be reasonably pleased with themselves.'
The defeat hit hard at the end of a dismal spell for the Dabbers. Last week's 2-0 loss at Glossop North End in a toothless performance saw goals from Louis Bovis (40) and Garry Kharas (79) seal a comfortable win for the home side.
And it was followed by a 4-2 reverse at home to Skelmersdale on Friday. Blake opened the scoring in the third minute but Steve Hussey levelled with a penalty.
Blake had one cleared off the line before Jarrett restored the home advantage, but Lee Thompson (55) and a double from substitute Michael Cole (68, 82) gave the visitors a deserved win.
Now Davies is demanding a quick response from his players against Abbey Hey at Jackson Avenue on Saturday.
He added: 'It is up to the players. I have been generally pleased with them all season but I want consistently high standards. We have got to get a good win and show that (Monday) was just a blip.'