Delroy Facey hit out at Lincoln City’s continued poor start and refused to blame lack of familiarity with first team action.
He said: “If you are good enough, then you are old enough. It's not as if we do not have experienced professionals in the team. Not one of the players in the team at the weekend was making his debut either.
"Everybody had first team games under their belts and it should not make a difference if you are 17 or 31 with 1,000 league games on your record, you simply have to stand up and be counted and the fact is when we cross that white line, we are all men."
Manager Chris Sutton was forthright too in his after match assessment after the defeat by Chesterfield.
“Too many of our players under-performed and that's bitterly disappointing. They deserved to beat us," he said.
"We may have started off well and while we looked okay, we conceded a soft goal and that's how it has been for the majority of the season.
"It's getting to the stage now where I'm becoming bored of repeating myself. We did have a go at the end, but overall we have to be much better.
"I said to the players at half-time, that I did not want to be saying we did all right, but we were unlucky. We can't keep doing that.”
City can’t wait to get Albert Jarrett back in service following the international’s participation in qualifying for the African Cup of Nations for Sierra Leone.
Ironically it was fellow winger Mustapha Carayol grabbing all the headlines at the start of the season but in a brutal assessment of his own form he stated: “I was rubbish.”
Carayol told the Lincolnshire Echo: “Individually everyone was disappointed and I went in and apologised to the rest of the boys because I felt I was the worst player on the pitch.
"I have to make sure I am right next week and I know everyone is down, but we have to lift ourselves
"I always have high expectations of myself and if I am playing rubbish I do not need anybody to tell me. I felt I lost the ball too much, but hopefully the rest of the boys and I can put it right this weekend."
The acid test will come this weekend with a home fixture against Barnet. The Bees won at the weekend but nothing less than a win for the Imps will do for the manager and the increasingly restless fans. City can then proceed to somewhat calmer waters with a series of winnable games coming up.
The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.