New Warrington Town manager Paul Carden is demanding the highest standards from players and says those who aren’t up for it need to make a decision.
Carden’s side were beaten 2-1 by lowly Barwell on Saturday, his first league defeat in charge.
It was another game for new faces like Sean Williams, Eddie Toner and Mitch Duggan to bed in, but Carden was not overly happy with the overall performance.
He said: “I think it was always likely to be a scrappy game. I thought they set up to nick a point.
“We showed our frailties, people getting dragged out of position and just generally not handling the game the way we should have.
“We need to be better, we need to be stronger. We’ve shown frailties that have obviously been here all season.
“We’ve conceded cheap goals off the back of a good performance last week.
“I think we still need improving in certain areas. We still need a couple of players..
“At the minute we’ve just got too many who seem happy to be here, and I’m not going to stand for that.
“It’s an easy thing to do. There’s been a lot of excuse making since I’ve come in, something that I won’t tolerate.
“People talking about fitness levels and how the previous management wasn’t doing this and wasn’t doing that.
“As men, which they all are, they know what they need to do and to blame other people for your lack of fitness and stuff like that is just cheap.
“But that’s probably why we haven’t won as many games this season as we should have and why there’s been a change in management.
“We can’t afford too many more defeats and certainly can’t afford too many more performances like that.
“I thought the two centre halves (James McCarten and Craig Robinson), Tony Mac (McMillan, goalkeeper) and Sean Williams did well and that was it. I thought Scott Harries when he came on did well and he gave us pace and directness and a bit of control.
“Other than that I don’t think we had anybody, and when you’ve got four in a starting 11 plus one sub, you’re not going to win too many games, so I think it’s highlighting where we are needing players.”
Carden has an uninterrupted week of training to put his players through their paces before another struggling side, Sutton Coldfield Town, come to Cantilever Park on Saturday.
That is followed by the visit of Blyth Spartans on Tuesday 29th, depending on how they get on in their FA Trophy game on Saturday.