Neil Aspin said his FC Halifax Town side got what they deserved after they were knocked out of the FA Trophy by Guiseley.
Former Town striker Alex Johnson’s goal was enough to send Mark Bower’s side through against a Halifax team that played well below their best.
Aspin admitted the Shaymen put in a poor showing to fall at the first hurdle after reaching the quarter-final of the competition last season.
He said: “We weren’t good enough and we didn’t deserve anything from the game.
“There was nothing there to take any positives from and we got what we deserved because we didn’t play well.
“We were well off the pace, we looked leggy, didn’t create any chances, didn’t put any pressure on the goal.
“Once they got the goal they were in a comfortable position where they could play on the break and keep bodies in front of us.
“But we didn’t do enough to break them down and we must be better.
“We did well in the competition last year but it’s a very tame way to bow out.”
Town’s run of 11 games unbeaten at the Shay this season was brought to an abrupt halt by the Lions, and Aspin conceded his side’s performance bore little resemblence to their recent form at home.
He said: “Everything we’ve done to win games at home against good teams was not there today.
“There was no tempo, no work-rate - everything you stress as a manager wasn’t there today.
“We’ve had a couple of indifferent results away from home but certainly at home, week in week out we’ve done well.
“But today we were well below par.
“It’s my responsibility because I’m the manager and I have to take the criticism but I’m big enough to hold my hands up.
“I want to see better and you want to provide some good play for the supporters and they got nothing today.
“The players have badly let them down today.”
Johnson gave a man-of-the-match display against his former employers, scoring a superb long-range effort on the brink of half-time and going close again after the interval.
The Shay chief was impressed with his former forward’s display.
He added: “Alex has been in good form for them. It’s done him good to go there and be the main man.
“His confidence has improved as a result of that but I still didn’t expect him to come and smash one with his left foot.
“But he deserved that goal for his work. He did really well today.
“I’ve got a lot of time for Alex and I always knew that if anyone scored for them today it would probably be him.”