Stanley manager John Coleman was fuming with his side’s performance against Notts County on Tuesday, even though they won the match.
The Reds made it four games unbeaten when they ran out 3-2 winners in the game at Wham Stadium, with Rommy Boco scoring twice and Billy Kee getting the other goal.
Stanley were 3-0 up in the game before County staged a late fightback thanks to strikes from Ronan Murray and Adam Campbell, and Coleman was angry with his team’s sloppiness.
“I was absolutely furious as the players let each other sink miles below their standards,” he told the club’s official website.
“We were absolutely terrific for the first 25 minutes and cut through Notts County like a knife through better, but then we just stopped playing.
“We were like Real Madrid for those 25 minutes and then Reality Madrid in the seventh division of the Hackney Marshes League after that.
“On any other day County would have got a draw or a win. We didn’t show enough effort or work rate and we dodged a bullet.
“The only good thing is that we got the three points, but in the cold light of day we won’t win many games if we continue to play like that.
“After 25 minutes we were carrying around five or six players. We got sloppy and didn’t do our job, and a few individual errors meant we gifted them goals.
“If we lose a three-goal lead then that could have done untold damage to our season mentality so we got away with it. Like I’ve said before, if you’re playing well and losing then eventually you will start winning, but if you’re playing bad and winning then you won’t keep winning for very long.”
The victory leaves Accrington fourth in the League Two table.
Stanley are joint-second highest scorers in the division, thanks partly to Matt Crooks, but Coleman felt his performance against County was one of the most disappointing displays.
“I think Matt Crooks is the best player in the league but against Notts County he fell well below his own standards,” he said. “I don’t think it’s down to ability, I think it was just a lack of fitness and not enough effort.
“I’m disappointed that he didn’t get dug out by the rest of the players, I think they were just happy to have him back in the team.
“It sounds like I’m singling him out but there’s about six or seven players that weren’t good enough either, but because of how high I regard Matt and how good I know he is, it sticks out like a sore thumb when he falls below standards.”