Stanley skipper Seamus Conneely is pulling no punches about their performance at Cheltenham and is determined this weekend’s game with Carlisle United isn’t a repeat performance.

The Reds saw a three match unbeaten run ended at Whaddon Road and head into the match at the Wham Stadium just two points above the League Two relegation zone.

Conneely insists the players are hurting – and that the wounds are self-inflicted.

“To be perfectly honest with you it’s been a difficult week,” said the Irishman. “You can talk about the decisions that went against us at Cheltenham but the performance wasn’t good enough. It was bad all over, from one to eleven. I don’t think anyone could have come off that pitch saying they’d played as well as they could do.

“We’ve got to look at ourselves. We let ourselves down, we let the manager down and we let the fans down. It was a bad performance, there’s no other way of putting it and we’ve got to dust ourselves off and get things right again this weekend.”

The players sat down to analyse the defeat to the Robins this week and Conneely believes they must learn from their mistakes and bounce back against Keith Curle’s men on Saturday.

“We sat and watched the whole game and you can’t hide from it. We saw the truth and told the truth. We had to hold our hands up. Players were in the wrong positions, made mistakes and basic decision making was wrong. In a way it was good to get it off our chests. At the end of the meeting the gaffer said it was time to put it behind us and focus 100% on Carlisle and putting it right.”