Craig Elliott accepted that the ‘best team won’ as Boston United were beaten by Gateshead, but he still accused his players of downing tools.

The Pilgrims’ eight-game unbeaten run was well and truly ended at York Street this evening as the Heed replicated their 3-0 win over Boston at the International Stadium in September with a performance full of confident, attacking vigour.

“We were poor. I said to them, you always expect runs to come to an end. But to lose in that manner is disappointing,” the United manager said.

“I’m not hiding away, players are responsible as well. Their attitude and application after going 2-0 down was so poor.

“It was a mixture of us being poor and them being an excellent team, but a really disappointing night.”

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