An understandably furious Ian Evatt said he will not accept his team becoming a ‘soft touch’, following their shocking 3-2 defeat at Chorley in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup, report The Mail.

For the second season running, the Bluebirds have failed to reach the competition proper after losing to lower-league opposition. Evatt ordered his players in for training Sunday on the back of what was arguably the worst performance AFC have produced since the 36-year-old was appointed as manager during the summer.

Evatt said: “‘Disappointed’ is not the word. Obviously, emotions are running very high with myself at the minute, but that’s unacceptable.

“For me, it comes down to mind-set and I’m embarrassed of the way we played in the second half, I’m embarrassed that my team served that up in the second half and went under the way they did.

“I won’t accept that, I won’t accept that off anybody. The bare minimum as a football player is to give 110 per cent and our fans have travelled down here, miles and miles, in numbers to support us and to get ourselves 2-0 up and lose that game is unforgiveable and I’ve made my feelings clear to them.”

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