Hayes & Yeading boss Garry Haylock lamented his team's "schoolboy defending" as the inquest into his side's 8-0 drubbing at Luton Town began.
The Hatters ran riot in the first half, smashing in seven goals leaving United trying to salvage a shred of pride for the remainder of the game. Haylock refused to single out any of his players for blame and took a more pragmatic approach.
Asked whether he was angry about the manner and scale of defeat, he said: "Anger is not an emotion I can afford as a manager. We defended like schoolboys against a very good side and they punished us. You can go through individual goals and say 'he has made this mistake and he made that mistake' but, as a unit we defended like schoolboys and quite rightly we got punished.
"If you allow a player to run 40 yards unopposed and have a shot, good players are going to score."
Despite that hellish first half United fared better in the second, particularly with the introductions of James Mulley and Esmond James.
"I made some changes at half-time to liven it up but I could have just stuck a pin in the team really," added Haylock. "We've tried to pass the ball, keep possession and play out from the back. At 3-0 we just stopped passing the ball and that disappointed me as it showed a lack of bravery. In the second half we pushed the players to do that and they showed more bravery and tried to do the things we had worked on.
We lacked quality in the final third and maybe could have pulled them apart with a bit more quality there."