DAVE Webb admitted an uncharacteristic error from goalkeeper Sam Warrell paved the way for the worst 45 minutes during his spell as Swindon Supermarine boss yesterday.
The Webb’s Wood Stadium side went down 5-0 to Evesham and had two men sent off in Worcestershire, after the usually reliable Warrell palmed a corner into his own net to give the hosts a 2-0 lead before the break.
From there, Mark Flanagan and Joe Shepherd saw red, before some stern words in the Marine dressing room after the final whistle from a frustrated Webb.
“In any game there’s going to be errors and both teams will have chances to score, it goes both ways, and that’s what happened,” he said.
“For the first 25 minutes we were the better side and didn’t take the chances, but then Sam’s punched a corner into his own net which is really out of character for him. He’s been magnificent for us and doesn’t make many errors, but this one has to be.
“That killed us, right on half-time, then the second half was awful, it was hard to put into words but probably the worst 45 minutes I’ve had from my team since I’ve been in charge.
“Having a team like Evesham roll us over like that is unacceptable and the players certainly knew how I felt about it afterwards.”
Webb insisted Flanagan’s red, earned for two yellow cards within a minute, was unacceptable but believes the tackle put in for Shepherd’s red wasn’t as bad as it looked.
“Mark is an experienced player and he should know better than to put himself in the situation where he can get two yellow cards in a minute,” he said.
“We had chances after that but missed that and conceded the third, then we lost Joe.
“The tackle wasn’t that bad and the player wasn’t injured by it, it was strong but if we’d seen that a few years ago it would have been alright. Nowadays you can’t go to ground and can’t leave the floor like that, the referees don’t tolerate it.”