Adams furious after cup loss as the Eagles crash out

Craig Adams
Craig Adams

Bedford Town manager Craig Adams was disappointed with his team’s performance after they crashed out of the FA Cup 3-0 to Rushden and Diamonds at The Eyrie on Tuesday night.

First half goals from Tom Lorraine and Jason Turner were added to by a Matt Gearing penalty in the second half.

Eagles boss Adams said: “I can take defeat if you’ve given it your all – but what I can’t take is the manner of last night’s loss.

“I am very disappointed with our performance and I’ve told the lads there’s going to be changes after that. I simply can’t accept it.

“The players set their own bar but what disappointed me last night was I know the level my players can play at and it was nowhere near that level.

“I’ve got to back myself to get the best out of my lads – make no mistake, no-one will work harder than me to put things right.

“We are on a journey, it is a long-term project but I want them to know last night’s performance is not acceptable – certainly not in the world’s biggest cup competition.

“I want more consistency and some of the lads’ efforts last night fell far short in terms of energy, desire and commitment; and it hurts far more to lose in that manner.

“I am my own biggest critic and I have been analysing what went wrong every waking minute since the game. I’ve got to look at myself as a manager, but I can’t stand for that performance – and I won’t.

“I would encourage everyone to get behind our club this weekend – in the lads’ defence they are young players who also work full-time and are still finding their way. It would be great to get a positive atmosphere at the Eyrie.”