In a post-match interview with press and media officer John Edwards, Altrincham manager Phil Parkinson delivered his verdict on Monday’s 5-0 defeat at Boston United, the heaviest of his reign as Robins boss, and gave an update on injuries to Steven Drench and Josh Hancock.

Q: I don’t think anyone saw that coming, did they, Phil, least of all you?

A: No, certainly not. It’s really, really disappointing. Humiliated is probably the word that describes how I’m feeling. I said to the players I feel like we are stealing a living today – picking up a pay packet after a performance like that doesn’t sit well with me. It’s not acceptable in any way. It needs to improve drastically.

You could look at Saturday and say there was nothing left in the tank after playing with 10 men for so long, then nine for the last few minutes. The lads were gassed out at the end, but you need to show more pride – even if it’s just keeping the score respectable.

That wasn’t an Altrincham team I recognised or want to be associated with. I’m deeply hurt and feel we have let down ourselves and those fantastic travelling fans. Sometimes you get a result like this and it can kick-start your season, but I’m struggling to see it that way at the moment.

There are lots of questions being asked of us at the moment, and it’s up to us to come up with the answers. I think I know the reasons and I know it’s not a quick fix, especially on the style of play and the scoring goals. I think we have looked quite strong defensively, up to being an absolute shambles today. On that, we had a very young back five today, so did they lack a leader?

There are a lot of things to consider, but we have strength in depth in our squad, and we should be able to cope with changes. I think that’s all we’ve been doing really, coping, though we didn’t even manage that today. But that’s not what this club expects any more, just being able to cope at Conference North level.

Boston were the better side and deserve all the credit. They were far better than us in every department, especially midfield. It’s tough for me to say that, because I think ever so much of that group of players in our dressing room, but there is a lot of soul-searching going on in there, as you would imagine after a result like that.

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