Alan Devonshire apologised to Maidenhead United’s ‘fantastic’ fans after they watched their side capitulate to a second humiliating defeat in the space of a few days, this time at Havant & Waterlooville on Tuesday, report the Maidenhead Advertiser.

Loyal Magpies fans travelled south hoping to see their side bounce back from Saturday’s 6-0 defeat to AFC Fylde, but instead their team was on the end of a 7-0 hiding.

Carl Pentney’s first half sending off contributed to the severity of the scoreline, but Devonshire was once again at a loss to explain his side’s woeful defending.

“I want to say a big thank you to the fans last night who were unbelievable,” said Devonshire. “They were fantastic and I want to apologise because we let them down.

“I take responsibility for that. I’ve never been beaten 6-0 and 7-0 before, but we can’t go about feeling sorry for ourselves. We’ve got to get back to basics because the defending is so poor at the moment.

“We started off quite well in the first half, but in the second half we were trying to push high up the field with only 10 men and you just can’t do that.”

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