Lowestoft Town boss ‘embarrassed’ by FA Cup defeat to Histon
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FA Cup humiliation against lower-level opposition left Lowestoft boss Ady Gallagher fuming with his players.
The hosts were still in the tie after a fairly drab first half finished 0-0 but the 'embarrassed' Blues boss branded the second half as 'incredibly disappointing'.
Gallagher was without strikers Ryan Jarvis (broken finger), Jake Reed, Shaun Bammant and Joel Glover (all ankle) and midfielder Andrew Fisk (unavailable) for their first qualifying round clash.
The Trawlerboys were left so short that they had to name two goalkeepers on the bench against the Southern League Division One Central side, whose only win of the season had come in the FA Cup at Norwich United in the last round.
Jamie Forshaw wasted a glorious chance to put Lowestoft ahead in the 48th minute, chasing on to a Harry Barker clearance but rather than lobbing the on-rushing keeper, lashed a shot into the side netting from 30 yards.
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Just a minute later, Histon substitute Aysa Ourtibour teed up Lewis Clayton on the edge of the D and the midfielder curled a lovely shot into the Lowestoft net.
Jake Chambers-Shaw should have made it 2-0 in the 75th minute but his lob went over Jake Jessup, and the crossbar. But the striker did wrap up the win six minutes later – after a howler from Lowestoft's keeper.
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Allen's corner looked to be drifting into Jessup's gloves but, with rain falling, the ball squeezed from his grasp and Chambers-Shaw steered his strike through a crowded penalty area.
'There were a lot of harsh words said after the game and rightly so,' Gallagher said.
'At the end of the day people have to take responsibility, I have to take responsibility, I'm quite happy to stand here and talk to anyone and take any flack for the performance.
'But also players have a responsibility to do what they can and I don't really think that, as a group, we stuck together and we paid a big price for it. If I was a supporter I would have been booing today and saying get rid of the manager and our players aren't good enough.
'But we all know in the game we have played so far, we've been more than good enough. Obviously we need to be full strength to have more options but I felt we had enough to win, we showed that in the first half but it was an incredibly disappointing performance in the second half – and result – and I'm embarrassed by it.'
Chris Henderson also needlessly picked up two late bookings to be sent off and complete an awful day.
'This club is the most important thing, the shirt they are wearing is the most important thing and you have to earn the right to play the way you want to play,' Gallagher added. 'You have to earn the shirt and I seriously believe that there are players who have let the club down.'