Glen Clarence says Heanor Town’s cup hammering of Dunkirk on Tuesday was the perfect response to a poor display in the league on Saturday.
Town lost 3-1 at home to struggling Westfields on Saturday, but took their frustration out on Dunkirk by winning 6-1 in the League Cup three days later.
Saturday’s loss hampered Heanor in their pursuit of league leaders Hereford, with manager Clarence pulling no punches in his assessment of the display.
He said: “We were terrible on Saturday, there is no other word for it. Other than Nick Hall they all let the fans down.
“We were obviously missing a lot of players but there was still enough quality out there to have won the game.”
Tuesday night saw Heanor start the game in remarkable style, the visitors being 3-0 up inside six minutes and then 5-1 up by half-time.
Andre Johnson and Jamie Clarke’s double got them off to a flyer and after Dunkirk had pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, Johnson and Joe Naylor had Heanor well clear by the break.
Johnson then completed his hat-trick in the second-half to secure the win.
Featuring in the line-up were two new signings, defender Dan White from Leek Town and goalkeeper Ben Townsend, from Lincoln United.
Clarence added: “The Dunkirk game proved how good we can be, with numerous players returning and some new faces too,and helps show why Saturday was so frustrating.
“The two debutants were excellent, as was the whole team including the returning Jamie Clarke and Andre Johnson who scored five between them.
“In fact I was hard pushed to find a man of the match they were all that good.
“It was nice to get a response and to move on to the next round of the cup, but all of that goes out of the window in time for a massive local derby at Long Eaton on Saturday.”
United sit four points behind Heanor in fifth and with two games in hand on the Lions. They are without a permanent manager following the departure of Charlie Palmer to Belper Town last week, Shaun Rickford having taken temporary charge.
They lost 1-0 to leaders Hereford on Saturday.