Adams furious after cup loss as the Eagles crash out

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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.”