MICK WOODHAM has admitted that Windsor got what they deserved after being dumped out of the FA Cup in a 4-1 defeat to Wembley on Saturday.

Windsor were put to the sword in the extra preliminary round tie at Stag Meadow as Wembley central midfielder Zaied Sabti bagged a hat-trick, the third from the penalty spot.

Captain Luke Brooks-Smith pulled a goal back for the home side from the spot, but substitute Jermaine Heron put the icing on the came for the visitors with a fourth goal in injury time.

Windsor will feel aggrieved that referee Timothy Dowdswell did not award them a free-kick in the build-up to the first two Wembley goals and they could have had a second penalty of their own, but in truth they were well beaten by the Spartans Premier Division side.

Woodham told the Observer: “Over the 90 minutes we probably got what we deserved in fairness. We didn’t ask enough questions, not until the last 15 minutes, and by then we were chasing the game really.

“We had a couple of chances in the first half and their first goal came at a bad time.

“At half-time we changed our shape to try and sort one or two things out, and I thought we started the second half in good shape.

“But, we’re conceding goals, making mistakes and generally not trusting one another at the moment. We need to get to know each other a bit more I guess and understand each other.

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PHOTO: Former professsional striker Barry Hayles (red) made his debut for Windsor on Saturday.

“If I’m critical of the group, we tended to play too many square passes and invited trouble on. If we’re going square you’re going to get shut down and cause problems, and that’s exactly what happened.

“We looked a little better in attack when we did go forward with the ball, we put it into good areas and we looked a better side, but we didn’t do that for long enough in the game.”

The Windsor boss continued: It’s just a case of getting to know each other. There were a couple of boys who played on the back of training on Thursday, so we just need a little bit of belief possibly.

“Maybe when the second goal went in we were feeling sorry for ourselves a little bit and we’re not in a position to do that, we need to dust ourselves down and keep on going.

Commenting on referee, Dowdswell, Woodham bemoaned: “We can debate the first two goals all day, I felt both were free kicks.

“There was a lot going on out there and the referee was awful if I’m honest, but what can you do, there’s no mileage or value in talking to him.

“He missed an awful lot, probably for both teams as well, too lenient at times, and although he gives one penalty there’s nothing in the rules to say he can’t give another.

“I felt we should have had another one in the second half but he choose not to give that and we have to take it on the chin.

“Over the 90 minutes, unless we look at ourselves and take full responsibility instead of looking elsewhere, we’re not going to move on. So we have to take stock and recognise that we need to sharpen up.”

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