Warrenpoint Town chief Barry Gray is demanding a response from his team in Saturday’s crucial clash against Dungannon Swifts.
The Premiership new boys are in danger off being cast adrift at the bottom of the table – and Gray is wants an immediate improvement.
He pulled no punches after last week’s thumping by Glentoran, telling his troops to shape up or ship out!
“I’m not distancing myself from the players in any shape or form, because I still believe in them,” said Gray.
“But I can’t except it any longer. I want a big improvement in their work ethic. We were lazy against Glentoran and it wasn’t acceptable.”
In an ironic twist, Warrenpoint have been ground-sharing with Dungannon since August, but with a return to Milltown now imminent – they will host Glenavon next Friday – the manager insists it’s vital to start putting points on the board.
“Everyone is pinning our recovery on going back home to Milltown,” he added.
“The venue will change, but if the performances don’t change, the results won’t either.
“Yes, there maybe psychological advantages, but it’s not going to be our answer. After two games it’s gone, we will be back to our normal routine. The bottom line is, the players need to start stepping up to the mark.
“We are all in this together – the management, backroom staff and players.
“It’s important to set the bar a little bit higher and not accepting the level of display we produced against Glentoran last week.”