Furious Ards boss Niall Currie hit out at his squad following their 4-0 defeat to Cliftonville on Friday night at Clandeboye Park.
The former Bangor goalkeeper watched from the dugout as his side shipped four poor goals against the rampant Reds.
Currie raged : “I’ve told the players that it’s not acceptable any more.
“The goals that we conceded were shocking, but we’ve other problems too. We’re not brave enough on the ball and not enough of our players want the ball.
“We’ve no leadership, no strong characters and we’ve too many players who are just accepting what is going on.
“We need players who are prepared to rally and dig in, but we didn’t get any of that against Cliftonville. The major problem at the club is we’re too pally-pally. Everybody here is great mates, but we need winners who will do what it takes to win the game.
“This has been going on too long. Guys have been given their chance to play against the likes of Crusaders, Linfield and Cliftonville but they haven’t taken it. There will be major changes here in January and I can’t wait for it to happen.”
Joe Gormley opened the scoring in the ninth minute before Marty Donnelly grabbed a second four minutes later. Liam Boyce added a third in the 57th minute before Gormley completed his brace 11 minutes from time.
The two sides will play in Bangor again tomorrow night, this time in the League Cup semi-final.
While Ards will enjoy the cup semi-final experience, their main focus is on avoiding relegation. Ards are now four points adrift at the bottom of the table.
“You can only coach so much. It’s up to the individuals to make the right decisions.”