WINDSOR manager Mark Cooper admits it has been a terrible week after watching his side suffer two consecutive high-scoring defeats at Stag Meadow, writes Rob Stevens.

Windsor crashed out of the FA Vase this season after being thumped 7-1 against Eastbourne Town on Saturday. Their second round exit came after a 5-0 loss to Binfield in the Hellenic League Premier Division in midweek.

Cooper is bitterly disappointed with their performance in the national competition but he is not using the absence of numerous players as an excuse. He has however has challenged the squad to put a 'more-than-difficult' week behind them.

Cooper told the Observer: "I'm bitterly disappointed and it has been a terrible week for us. We've played two good sides and come up short twice.

"We were 1-0 down at half-time but very much in the game. We hit the crossbar a couple of times in the first half and should have scored.

"We came in thinking Eastbourne had not caused us too many problems and felt it was a fairly even half but, to fold like we did in those 20 minutes of the second half is really tough to take.

"Eastbourne scored again straight away in the second half and we showed our inexperience. Rather than trying to keep in the game at 2-0, we capitulated and let in what must have been six goals in 20-odd minutes.

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PHOTO: Eastbourne Town celebrate one of their seven goals at Stag Meadow.

"If it's still 1-0 after 20 minutes of the second half it doesn't matter. Keep in the game, keep on pressing and working hard and you will get a chance.

"When you start that badly in the second half everything pretty much goes out of the window straight away.

"It's the inexperience of the group not to be able to manage games properly and recognise that you can't switch off like we did when over teams have a good spell."

Windsor were without the likes of Nojus Trinovas, Ryan Parsons, George Gould, Excellence Muhemba and William Turl for the FA Vase defeat, but Cooper hopes to be able to recall on those players plus new signing Shane Cooper-Clarke - on loan from Bracknell Town - for the trip to Burnham in the Premier Division on Tuesday (7.45pm).

The Windsor boss commented: "Of course it doesn't help when you're missing players but you have to work with what you've got and we showed in the first half that we could compete.

"There are no excuses with players being unavailable and you have just got to work with what you've got.

"We tried to set up as well as we could with the players that we had available but we're clearly disappointed with the performance.

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PHOTO: Windsor forward Thair Fraser was unfortunate not to score when his header hit the crossbar in the first half.

"Eastbourne are a good side but losing by that kind of scoreline at home for the second time in a week is very difficult to take.

"The match at Burnham will be another tough one but we've got to dust ourselves down.

"We've got five or six players coming back that weren't available to us last weekend. They will strengthen us and we will try to set up to get the three points.

"We've had a weakened squad for the last two games but we need to put a more than difficult week behind us and start again on Tuesday.

"Shane is on loan and hoping to get some minutes with us so we will welcome him into the squad as well."