Date: 10th March 2014 at 2:16am
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Manager Neal Ardley has stated that the players let the fans down in the loss to York City on Saturday, and he’s demanded a reaction from them when we face Chesterfield on Tuesday evening.

Speaking to the Official Site following what was quite lucky to be only a one nil defeat as we failed to register a shot on target, Ardley slammed the performance and demanded much better in the future.

‘If players don’t put in the brave performances and energy that we need then they will not play. It is that simple because someone else will get their shirt. We’ve got the strongest squad that we’ve had all season and players are playing for the shirt. I expect a response on Tuesday and I think the fans should too. There are no excuses because we were not good enough. I felt let down by the players and I think the fans will too.’

Ardley goes on to say that we had prepared well for the game and he can’t explain the nervousness that we played with. What was really disappointing for him was that York simply worked harder than we did, and we didn’t put in the effort and for him that’s utterly unacceptable.

For the gaffer there is no excuse for not putting in the legwork even if everything else doesn’t fall for you during a game, you put that effort in as it’s something that really shouldn’t even be asked for, effort is the least that can be expected from a professional footballer.

‘They won the game at both ends. Their two forwards beat our three centre backs, they ran us ragged. Our forwards never held the ball up or won a header. In midfield when we did use our extra man, we turned around and came backwards again.’

The boss admits we weren’t helped by the ‘shocking decision’ to award the free kick in the build up to their winner.

‘The referee tripped up their player and our player was nowhere near him. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was a shocking decision.’

Chesterfield will certainly be no easier task, as fresh from their defeat to Accrington Stanley last weekend also they will be out to prove a point themselves so the atmosphere may well not improve ahead of next weekend.

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