Hemel Town manager Dean Brennan gave a scathing assessment of his side’s display after they were beaten 2-1 by Concord Rangers at Vauxhall Road on Saturday.
Hemel were undone by two quick-fire goals before half-time following the harsh dismissal of centre-back Ed Oshodi, but Brennan was not looking to use the red card as an excuse for the defeat.
“Despite the controversial decision, we weren’t good enough to be honest,” said Brennan. “We were slow, we didn’t play on the front foot and we were very negative.
“I know we are a young team and I understand that, but we were poor and we didn’t help ourselves. Our performance in the first half was one of the worst of the season, if not the worst.”
Brennan felt his players lacked the correct mentality needed to get the better of a struggling Concord team - and has promised changes at the club.
“There will be changes because at the moment we are slipping down the table rather than going up it,” he continued. “We’re a good few points off where we need to be.
If we are going to have success, this has to be a turning point because we can’t keep going the way we are going at the moment.Hemel Town FC manager Dean Brennan
“Some of the players have already been spoken to face-to-face,” he said. “I thought we showed some disrespect to the opposition with the way we approached the game, having beaten them 3-0 at their place.
“What people should remember is that Dennis Oli was man of the match in that game, and one thing you get from Dennis Oli is 120 per cent commitment.
“We missed Oli in this game because I think some of our younger players took it for granted and their mindset was poor. We contributed to both of their goals.
“In my mind at half-time I made the decision in my mind to change a few things at the football club and that’s what I’m going to do.
“If we are going to have success, this has to be a turning point because we can’t keep going the way we are going at the moment. We have to be keeping more clean sheets.”
Brennan is hopeful that the return to fitness of some of his more experienced players will bring about a return to winning ways.
“We need to improve, and hopefully when we get a few of our big players back it will help with our consistency,” said the Tudors boss.
“We need more consistency from everyone at the football club, and that’s myself included.
“All in all, fair play to Concord because they have won the game, but I think we contributed massively to our own downfall. They have gone away with the points, so credit to them for that, but I think we created all of our own problems.”