Garry Hill was livid after watching Woking crash out of the FA Trophy without so much as a fight in the 1-0 reverse against Ebbsfleet United.
A Kenny Clark goal three minutes into the second half was enough to see off his Cards outfit who failed to get going on an extremely flat night at The Laithwaite Community Stadium in front of just 613 fans – with around 100 from Kent.
“I’m very disappointed with what went on,” he said. “I have no complaints [with Ebbfleet’s win] at all. It was thoroughly deserved on the night. The best team won.
“We haven’t worked their goalkeeper. We were second best all night.
“You cant turn around and make excuses in any way or form. You shouldn’t do that as a football manager and you shouldn’t do that as a football player.
“We know they are a club with a lot of ambition. We went there Saturday and had an opportunity to finish the game off at 1-0 up but we conceded late on and it’s come back to punish us in a really big way.
“In the 90 minutes we were second best throughout and I’m not pleased to be saying that and I’m not proud to be saying that.”
Hill was dismissive of Woking’s rich recent history in the competition – three wins, in 1994, 1995 and 1997, as well as a final appearance in 2006 – and added: “You have to move on from the 1990s.
“Life moves on. At the end of the day I don’t think people should still be getting carried away about the 1990s, about when Woking had an FA Trophy run.
“There’s been enough time since then to have other Trophy runs. It’s not about the past, you don’t look at the past, you have to look at the future going forward.”
At least the return of Keiran Murtagh was a plus for the side, and Hill quashed fears his hamstring injury had flared up again after he was replaced at half time.
“We felt it was important to get Keiran involved again.
“We knew he wouldn’t last the 90 but at half time he said he was starting to ache and get tired so we got him off at that time and that’s where we are with it. That didn’t affect the team or the result in any way or form.
“I wish we were playing tomorrow. I’m fuming. There’s no secret about that.
“One thing I have never done in 25 years is make excuses. Jake Caprice said he had a shot. He was the only one who said he had a shot and I don’t know whether he meant at the goalkeeper or in the seats. We were poor, the best team won and you have to move on.”