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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Edmo: My worst game

Workington Reds boss Darren Edmondson branded the shocking FA Trophy defeat to non-league minnows Ossett Town as one of his darkest days in football.

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Darren Edmondson

The 41-year-old has taken charge of 264 games since replacing Tommy Cassidy in September 2007, but has never felt worse than when his team was booed off the pitch following the early exit.

“It was just horrible,” he admitted.

“To be booed off a football pitch is never a nice moment, but we had to take it on the chin.

“We should never have lost to Ossett, but we did, and that hurts.

“I was embarrassed for myself, the players, and, most importantly, fans.”

Edmondson took full responsibility for the 2-1 loss, which saw Ossett come from behind to win.

He blamed a lack of motivation for the dismal defeat, and said: “We had players who didn’t perform.

“They lacked motivation, and that’s my fault.

“We didn’t do enough to win that football match, but now we must move on.”

Moving on will be hard as Edmondson revealed the wounds are still healing.

Play-off chasing Worcester City, the venue for Reds final-day heroics last term, are tomorrow’s hosts.

Jordan Connerton headed a season-saving winner on the last day of last season.

His goal guaranteed Workington’s place in the Blue Square Bet North, and Edmondson hopes St George’s Lane is the backdrop for yet more heroics.

“We must bounce back with a bang,” he said.

“Last time we were at Worcester there was a lot of celebrations as we stayed up.

“It won’t be as dramatic this time, but we have aspirations, and know that a win here would propel us further up the league.

“Ossett aside, we’ve been in great form. We won at Altrincham and beat Droylsden, as well as maintaining an unbeaten run against Gainsborough and Solihull.”

Workington will again be without Mark Boyd.

The midfielder is still suffering from a muscle problem in his calf.

David Hewson is available, despite a niggling knee injury.

Captain Hewson will play through the pain for the cause.

Edmondson said there is no time frame on Boyd’s return, but said: “Changes will be made, but not on the back of the Ossett result.

“We don’t want to rush Mark back, and risk more damage, but David will be travelling.”

Worcester also lost in the third qualifying round, going down 3-0 to Altrincham.

City’s home record is dodgy of late, losing the last two against Stalybridge and Brackley.

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