Boss Matt Jansen pulled no punches after his Chorley team were diabolically dumped out of the FA Trophy by Skelmerdale United on Tuesday night.
The Magpies capitulated against their lower-league opponents – conceding four goals in the final half-hour to lose 5-2 after leading 2-1 at the interval.
Jansen described the Trophy exit as “100%” his lowest moment since arriving at the club as former boss Garry Flitcroft’s assistant in 2010.
The former Blackburn Rovers striker, who took over the managerial reins from Flitcroft over the summer, was absolutely fuming at the final whistle and read the riot act to his players in the dressing room afterwards.
“We just capitulated,” Jansen said.
“Weak characters, weak men, poor defending.
“Up to the 70th minute, we looked good, we were on the front foot and were creating chances and causing them problems.
“They scored a lucky goal to make it 2-2, but then we got nervous, jittery.
“There were no strong leaders. We go 3-2 down and get worse defensively.
“Prior to that they only had two chances but after that, every time the ball went into our box, they looked like scoring.
“We did not want the ball, we were fearful of the ball – that’s weak characters.
“You need strong men and for the last 20 minutes, we were very disappointing and very poor.
“I am angry, frustrated, hurt, disappointed...you name it, I feel it.
“It’s got to change because they’ve not only let me down – they’ve let themselves down.”
Jansen said he may delve into the transfer market as he looks to boost the team’s fortunes. Since beating Stockport County 3-1 at Edgeley Park at the start of November, the Magpies have not won in five games and have conceded a hefty 13 goals.
“I am speaking to different clubs and different managers on a daily basis about bring people in,” he said.
“But it’s opened my eyes even more that we need strong characters, who are reliable and who you can depend on.”
Jansen is looking to pick himself and his players up for this weekend’s National League North clash against high-flying North Ferriby United at Victory Park.
“I have got to pick myself up for this weekend,” Jansen said. “ I am a positive person and I want to breed positivity into the lads.
“But whether they are taking that for granted, I don’t know.
“I know some of them don’t – I know that a few of them are winners.
“If there are some who are taking me for granted then they won’t be for much longer.
“I will be showing due diligence for the game against North Ferriby on Saturday.
“If I can bring in new personnel, I will.
“North Ferriby are a strong side. They are up there near the top.
“But we’ve got to dust ourselves down and prepare for that game in a positive manner.
”I will be trying to instil a little bit of belief for that game tomorrow.”
Elsewhere, in the National League, Southport face Macclesfield at home.