Sunday Mar 13, 2011
Lambs boss Des Lyttle spoke frankly after the 2-3 home defeat by relegation threatened Hayes and Yeading on Saturday.
"To say it was not a great result or performance today is an understatment, we started well and could have notched a couple of early goals but we made a juvenile error which allowed them to score and we dug back in to get the game level but their penalty put us on the back foot and we didn't recover.
"I will happily take the comments from The Shed behind me, but the players have to stand up and be counted too. I can't play the game for them from the dugout and it is hugely frustrating. I was almost lost for words at times today.
"It sometimes looks like too much hard work for some of the players and I have questioned how much they want it. At 1-1 we should have been kicking on and showing the fans, the board and everyone at the game associated with the club that the desire was there to keep us in this league - not allowing us to get sucked back down towards the bottom four.
"It's me that will take the fall if we don't start to get the results, not necessarily the players. But we are all in this together - my job and their careers depend on the performances on the pitch, not what happens off it. I will be looking for a response at Altrincham on Saturday and a sign that they have taken on board what is being asked of them in terms of responsibility and leadership on the field.
"And it all comes on the back of a ‘week from hell' trying to sign a goalkeeper and bring other faces into the squad. People keep telling me that it's not ‘my squad' and that the majority of the lads were brought in at the start of the season or before, but I have been part of Tamworth FC a long time too and both Martin (Prentice) and I are working long hours and tremendously hard to keep the football club in the top flight of non league football. Regardless of what or who has gone before, it's in my nature to be passionate about where I am and what I do and while things won't always work or go our way I want to see the appropriate level of desire and strength of mind from the players who pull on a shirt for this football club."
Tamworth's next game is a trip to 3rd from bottom club Altrincham on Saturday, 19 March, kick off 3pm.
A supporters coach departs The Lamb at 11.15am and costs £12 for adults. Click here for details on how to book your seat.