West Auckland boss Andy Campbell berated his players in the wake of Saturday’s 4-2 reverse at Ashington.
The defeat kept the Durham side entrenched on the bottom of the first division of the Ebac Northern League.
And Campbell readily admits that his outfit are already in a battle to avoid the drop.
“Second half I thought we were terrible, gifting goals and not working hard enough,” he said.
“Some of the lads need to take a hard look at themselves.
“I’ll take the flack again but we are bottom of the table for the next two weeks until we play in the league again, and if they are not careful, they are going to be remembered for the club going down.
“They are in a relegation scrap and at the minute I ask have we got enough leaders in there to get out of it?
“I know the answer and they’ll have to do something about it.”
Ironically, Campbell had been upbeat at the interval.
“I thought we were excellent and were the better side first half,” he said.
“Take our mistake out of it which led to the Ashington goal, I thought we dominated the game from the first minute to the last and I was really pleased.
“Ashington were the better side second half, which for my money made it an even game, but if we hadn’t given goals away we probably would have got a point out of it, which I would have taken before the start.
“We have a big game away to Darwen in the FA Vase on Saturday in a ‘must not lose’ clash.
“It provides us with a chance to get through and to get a bit of confidence.”