ACCRINGTON Stanley manager John Coleman read the riot act to his players after the pre-season friendly.
The Reds boss was furious that his side lost to Conference North side Southport - and was frustrated at the manner of the defeat.
"It was deja vu," fumed the boss. "It was like 20 games we played last season. We dominated for half an hour, didn't score, got frustrated and a bit sloppy, gave a daft goal away, missed a sitter and came away with nothing."
"It is happening too often and I have told the players they have no future at the club if they carry on playing like that."
"It is frustrating as personally I can't do anything about it - well I can, I can go and get new players but it is not always easy to do that."
"We are going into the first game of the season and I haven't seen anything different from last season."
"It is different personal but the same mistakes - wasteful in front of goal and dominating the game and not being convincing enough when we don't get a goal. We take our foot off the gas and get punished."
He continued: "We played well in the first half and hour then they got a foothold in the game when Jon Kennedy did not deal with a cross and they have headed against the bar. They grew in confidence and scored from a cross in the same place."
"We then lost our shape and what is disappointing is that we didn't take the setback in our stride and believe we were still the better team and go on and win it."
"A few home truths have been told in the dressing room. The only saving grace was that is not the first game of the season and we haven't come away with no points."
Stanley had a strong side out against Southport with debutant Stuart Bimson starting at left back.
There wasn't much goalmouth action with Steve Jagielka having the first effort on target with a 25 yard shot on 29 minutes. But Southport - favourites for promoiton into the Conference - hit the woodwork when Kennedy came out for a ball, Neil Robinson got there first and his effort bounced off the crossbar on 38 minutes.
Two minutes later, a ball in from the left from Dominic Morley found the unmarked Jimmy Williams and he thumped the ball into the back of the net.
Keeper Steve Dickinson pulled off a superb point blank save to deny Paul Mullin from a Lutel James cross but then a short back pass from Stuart Howson let Terry Fearns in but he fired over.
Ged Brannan had a great chance to equalise at the death from a Paul Howarth cross but he headed over with the goal gaping from five yards out.
STANLEY: Kennedy, Cavanagh, Bimson, Brennan, Halford, Howson, James, Jagielka, Mullin, Craney, McEvilly. Subs: Howarth, Cook, Naughton.