Assistant manager Richard Dobson says the squad let themselves down in Tuesday’s Berks & Bucks Senior Cup semi-final defeat to Beaconsfield SYCOB.
The game represented a chance for players on the fringes of the first team to remind him and Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth of their capabilities, but they didn’t deliver as they were knocked out on penalties following a 3-3 draw. “It was not good enough by a million miles,” he told Chairboys Player.
“It’s been hard to get reserve games this year because of the small squad, but they’ve had an opportunity to go and show Gaz what they can do and I haven’t seen that.
“I’m hugely disappointed and whilst it is 120 minutes under some of their belts, I don’t think they’ve done themselves any favours in terms of being in contention for the first team at the weekend.
“There were players that turned up tonight that didn’t play to their maximum and if they are going to do that in their careers, this game is going to come back and bite them. They got bit tonight and they’ll continue to if they don’t show 100% the right attitude every time they play the game.
“The manner of the goals conceded was awful, that’s not how you defend, not at any level. We’ve had enough chances, as badly as we played, to win three games. The finishing wasn’t good enough and the defending wasn’t either. We haven’t done well enough in any area of the pitch, it’s as simple as that.”
He added: “Fair play to Beaconsfield though, they worked ever so hard and were dead on their feet at the end. They’ve got a cup final to look forward to and I’m not going to take anything away from them, but from our point of view it’s just reiterated what we thought about one or two players.”