Players ‘under no illusions’ as FC boss lays it on the line ahead of Uxbridge visit

Aylesbury FC manager Craig Faulconbridge
Aylesbury FC manager Craig Faulconbridge
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Aylesbury FC boss Craig Faulconbridge says some of his players must rediscover their passion and desire to win football matches after back-to-back defeats left him fuming last week.

FC lost 3-2 at Barton Rovers last Tuesday night before Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Fleet.

The boss said his side should have taken more from both matches but was clearly irked by the performance of some of his players.

“On Saturday I was really disappointed because we didn’t compete after 40 minutes,” Faulconbridge said.

“We asked certain players to do certain things and they decide to do something different.

“Listen the players have been fantastic the last seven weeks (FC were eight games unbeaten until last Tuesday) but certain things have changed which I need to manage.

“There’s no need to panic but certain individuals know I am not happy and the players are under no illusions as to what I expect from them,” he said.

However, the young player-boss is confident of focusing the minds once again.

“We have kind of forgotten what got us the results in the first place,” Faulconbridge added.

“It was almost like we turned up expecting to roll them (Fleet) over on Saturday and there was no reaction to put things right after losing on the Tuesday.

“There was an acceptance of 1-0 rather than players saying ‘come on, let’s get a grip on this game’ which is what I have become accustomed to over the last seven weeks or so.

“But as I have said, we are still a work in progress.”

While Faulconbridge acknowledges FC are a non-league side and ‘cannot expect to win every game’, he says certain things should come as standard when playing for him.

“There has to be that level of desire and passion to win and there also has to be a bit of common sense as well.

“As I have said the players are under no illusions of where I see them at the moment and some of the players are the same thankfully and certain members of the team will not stand for it either and will say ‘I’m not having that’,” he added.

The former Coventry striker refused to name names as he discussed his disappointment but insisted his concerns will be addressed before Saturday’s home game against Uxbridge.

He said: ““It is not acceptable (the level of performance from some players). I’ll discuss it with individuals and collectively.

“Then let’s get back to a firm footing.”

Faulconbridge hopes to get a healthy crowd when FC entertain Uxbridge on Saturday (3pm).