ALSAGER Town players were left under no illusions about what Dean Stokes thought about their sixth consecutive defeat on Saturday.
The player-boss is new to management, and his softly-spoken manner may have lulled some of his players into a false sense of security.
But they left the Town Ground with their ears ringing after a needless 2-1 defeat. Stokes kept his team behind after the final whistle and lambasted his men for failing to follow instructions.
Still seething, he expects to have at least two new signings in time for the weekend's visit of Chorley.
Stokes, yet to win a point in charge of Alsager, said: 'I was furious. We did fall behind due to a mistake in the first half, but things were going well aside from that and we'd have won the game if we'd have stuck to the plan.
'But panic set in and some of the players decided to start doing their own thing. We had spent all week practising set-pieces and how to play, but they abandoned it.
'That is not acceptable. Good teams keep to their game plan even if things are not going according to the script.
'I think they are feeling the pressure of not winning but that attitude won't help. I'll be very surprised if we don't have new players in the side for Chorley. It is a very important match for us.'
The Bullets were not helped when keeper Scott Bentley, Steve Elks, Karl Espley and Paul Ireland all cried off injured, forcing the manager himself and Ryan Dicker to play not fully fit. Youngsters Dwayne Spence and Adrian McGarry were drafted in.
Captain Glyn Blackhurst had an effort scrambled off the line early on, but on 15 minutes keeper Phil Mc-Ging completely missed his punch from a free-kick, allowing Peter Smith to stroke home from three yards.
Simon Eldershaw was wrestled to the ground after the restart but was denied a penalty, but on 65 minutes Andy Parkinson's dead ball found Chris Budrys, who hammered home from 18 yards for his 14th of the season. It was Town's first goal in five games.
Alsager went in search of maximum points, but were stung just four minutes later when Andy Rush-bury coolly slid home the winner.
Sub Spence nearly salvaged a point with a 30-yard screamer, but Belper keeper Adam Ogden tipped it over.