LUKE BECKETT admitted Town got steamrollered at Walsall and confessed: “We let everyone down badly.”
Town slipped into the bottom half of League I and below Leeds United for the first time after a 4-0 worst defeat of Andy Ritchie’s reign.
The manager was today picking up the pieces ahead of Sunday’s live SKY TV trip to Doncaster (4.00), when Frank Sinclair will be suspended for his red card at the Banks’s Stadium.
And Beckett insists that the players have to take full responsibility.
“It was a bad performance and we let everyone down,” said Beckett today.
“To get beaten by four is an embarrassment to the club and we’ve let down the fans and the manager, who has shown faith in us and looked after us in terms of training since the two good performances against Luton and Forest.
“We had a rest, so there are no excuses on fitness. I don’t know whether we took them too lightly but, if you do that, you can get steamrollered and they rolled us over and made us look very, very average.”
Goals by Anthony Gerrard, Ed Sonko, Mark Bradley and Tommy Mooney did the damage in front of 5,112 (670 visitors) as Town slipped to just four points above the drop zone.
“To be a top team you can’t have many bad days and we’ve had two or three already,” admitted Beckett, who could be partnered again by Danny Cadamarteri at the Keepmoat.
“It was an off day and we are having too many, so we’ve got to get our heads up this week and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“It’s just football that you can look brilliant one week and then like a Conference player the next and it hurts when you lose like that, but we never competed really and that makes it all the harder to take.
“The only thing we can do is get back on the training ground, work out what went wrong and learn from the experience.
“We’ve got a good team when we play like we can, so we’ve got to put this behind us and look forward to the next game.”