A frustrated Derek Fazackerley bemoaned a lack of composure for Oxford United’s second half capitulation against Bristol Rovers.
The temporary boss said his players struggled to effectively keep hold of possession while coping with the Gashead’s directness.
Unhappy with the overall performance, the 66-year-old said: “We made a good start to the game but ultimately the performance wasn’t good enough to justify us getting anything from the game.
“With the start that we got I would have anticipated us to show a little bit more composure.
“Bristol Rovers are a very difficult team to play against and we were defending for long periods and inevitably it gives the opposition the opportunity to get the ball in and around the box and they nicked a couple of goals.”
The former defender, who has lost three and won one of his four games in charge, said he would still be unhappy with the performance even if the U’s had won.
He said: “After the good start I don’t know whether our mentality was that we [the players] might be able to hold onto a 1-0 win.
“Last week we talked about performance and in the performance it got us the opportunity to stay in the game and snatch a late winner but our performance today [Saturday] wasn’t good enough irrespective of the result.
“Even if we’d won 1-0 we would have been hugely disappointed with the performance because that’s what drives the results.”
Fazackerley added that some of the players are struggling to deal with the added tension around the Kassam.
He said: “There’s a little bit of nervousness and edginess about the place at the moment, especially when playing here, and the crowd become edgy if you’re not playing the type of football they expect.
“That has certainly impacted one or two of the players. We have to be better.”
n Meanwhile, the club is yet to comment on Pep Clotet’s successor. It has now been more than three weeks since the Spaniard was sacked and it remains unclear who will replace him.
As we went to press Craig Bellamy, who missed out on the Wales job last month, is the bookies’ favourite. David Unsworth is the latest to rule himself out, meaning Alan Stubbs, another ex-Everton defender, is second favourite.