Heanor Town manager Glen Clarence has branded the attitude of his players as ‘absolutely disgusting’ after their 1-1 draw with Nostell Miners Welfare.
Furious Clarence also described his side’s second half performance on Saturday as the worst he had seen in ten years of management.
Heanor could have, and should have, been clear by two or three goals by half-time if it hadn’t been for woeful finishing.
Instead they were forced to settle for just a point against lowly Nostell.
“I’ve never been in this position, where we are apparently playing for nothing,” he said.
“In the first 20 minutes we could have scored ten goals. Nostell are the worst team we have played in our time at Heanor.
“It was absolutely disgusting from everyone who has put the shirt on today. The minimum you give a club of Heanor’s size is a shift.
“Last week was the best I’ve seen this season, today it was the worst performance I’ve managed.
“We said before the game that if we continued to play in the same way we had done against Shaw Lane we would be top of the league.
“The reason we are not top of the league is because we are so inconsistent, it is unbelievable.
“We have got the quality, but we don’t have the mental strength to kill teams off.
“As a Heanor lad, this is a big club, it is a given that players have to put a shift in. Even if you don’t have any connection with Heanor Town FC, these are semi-professional players who are getting paid, I expect a shift from them.”
Coach Steve Huntingdon was also critical of his players lack of desire.
“We weren’t good enough, it is as simple as that,” he said.
“As a coach I can’t give players desire and personal pride, we are lacking in that.
“When it comes down to the end of the season and my opinion is asked for I don’t think we have enough winners. You don’t win leagues with 15 technically gifted players.
“I wouldd hope that the players read our comments and that we don’t have to say too much to them.
“After Thackley (Tuesday) we travel to the bottom side in the league on a rugby pitch, we have to have the right attitude there or it will be a long five games.”