Lakeland says sorry for hammering

Farsley Celtic manager Adam Lakeland is calling for a reaction from his players in the EVO-STIK League on Saturday after apologising to fans for the hammering they suffered at Altrincham in midweek.

After victories over Grantham Town and Halesowen Town took his side to fifth spot in the EVO-STIK League Premier table, Lakeland saw his side hit for six at Moss Lane on Tuesday night in a 6-0 rout for the Robins.

In a statement apologising to the club's travelling support for witnessing their biggest defeat in over a decade, the Farsley manager, pictured, called on his side to quickly bounce back against Barwell at Throstle Nest on Saturday.

Calling the scoreline "unacceptable" the Celts boss said: “It was a very difficult evening for us against an impressive Altrincham side that was by a distance the best team we’ve played so far this season. I can accept losing to a team which is better than us on any given day, but there is a way to lose and I felt in the final 30 minutes we lost our discipline, had no organisation with or without the ball and made the scoreline become a bit embarrassing to be honest.

"It was just a bad night from start to finish where individually and collectively we were nowhere near our capabilities and as a result we were second best in every department. Had we dug in and lost it 3-0 or 4-0 to a point I could have taken that, but 6-0 is unacceptable. We lost our discipline, clocked off after 70 minutes and allowed for the scoreline to become ridiculous.

"We must learn from this and make a commitment to one another that no matter how hard it gets we don’t fold like we did. I’m disappointed that we didn’t give a better account of ourselves as the lads have been fantastic so far this season and even when we have been beaten previously we have fought till the end and been a difficult team to beat."

"On Tuesday we were just miles off it and sometimes you get performances like that and as a manager it’s frustrating as you can’t quite put your finger on why. In saying that, we have a great group of lads who are hurting from this result and it’s up to us now to bounce back when we take on Barwell at the Throstle Nest on Saturday."

Lakeland, appointed back in May as the successor to former joint managers Neil Parsley and John Deacey, added: “Finally, I would like to apologise to the supporters who travelled to the game and as manager I take full responsibility for the result."

Image courtesy of @adamlakeland/Twitter

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