Michael Flynn said that his players need to show some accountability after they were torn apart in their 7-4 FA Cup First Round defeat against Aldershot Town.

Town were three goals down within ten minutes as Jack Barham bagged a brace and Josh Stokes added another.

The footballing ridicule continued as Lorent Tolaj scored a brace either side of a Cian Harries penalty, and then Barham completed his hat-trick, before Dan Kemp and Charlie Austin both scored late braces, but it was far too little and far too late.

Flynn said that he needed to see some character from his players after they put in a performance that he said was not of the required standard.

He said: “I didn’t see that coming, we have given away some sloppy goals this season and some bad positions, but nothing like that.

“I think that there are two players who can hold their heads up. Just. The others were nowhere near good enough.

“No one wants to take some responsibility, everybody is looking at someone else and I need some characters in to change that, and I will be doing it.

“We are light on the ground but that is no excuse for what happened there because that had nothing to do with the players that are missing.

“Those players out there were predominantly the ones who went on a nine-game unbeaten run at the start of the season.

“[They can feel comfortable in their places], that’s fine because if they want to keep turning performances in like that, they can be as comfortable as they like for the next eight weeks, as soon as I am able to get some more players in and some more competition then they can be comfortable next to me.

“They should be embarrassed because I am. I am embarrassed and I am hurting, so let’s see how much it hurts them.”

Flynn said that he couldn’t even put into words his feelings on his side’s performance as they were dumped out of the FA Cup.

He said: “It is in my top three [most painful days as a manager] and in the other two I lost in the play-off final at Wembley.

“I am hurt, I am embarrassed, I could sit here and talk all night about what is going through my mind, but the bottom line is that that was unacceptable.

“Aldershot have come here and they have given their all, they have worked as a team, they have outworked us, outfought us, outplayed us at times, and we looked like a team that has never played together before.

“That is inexcusable, you can do whatever you want on the training pitch, but when you cross that white line and give away those goals.

“The ball was out of play for two and a half minutes, so we gave away three goals in six minutes to a team who are in non-league, and that is not being disrespectful, that is where they are. And then it got worse.”