Tonbridge Angels’ “total embarrassment” of a second half performance in their Ryman League Premier Division promotion clash against Needham Market on Saturday left boss Steve McKimm fuming.
The Angels led 2-0 at half-time when goalkeeper Anthony Di Bernardo had to be replaced by goalkeeping coach Stuart Copeland, and things began to get worse.
John Sands pulled one back for the visitors but Mitchell Nelson regained Tonbridge’s two-goal advantage moments later.
But when striker Udo Udogi was sent-off for the home side, Needham’s tails were up and they struck three times in the last 27 minutes to win 4-3.
“For all the praise I’ve had over the last few weeks, that second half was a total embarrassment,” McKimm told the club’s website.
“2-0 up, I told them we’ve been in this position before, have they learnt from it? The prove is in the pudding, they haven’t.
“We go 3-1 up and then we don’t pass the ball. If you take one player out of that 4-4-2 system, we went 4-4-1 you’ve only taken the centre forward out.
“You still get the ball wide, still do the same things in the wide areas that we normally do with supporting players and we didn’t want to do that.
“We kept losing the ball time and time again, giving it away when we were unopposed – panicking. I’m very, very disappointed and I imagine our fans are as well.
“It was unacceptable and we showed a weak underbelly.”