Workington slump is tough to take - Darren Edmondson

Darren Edmondson
Edmondson's side have lost nine of 13 league games so far this season

Workington boss Darren Edmondson has described the club's poor run of form in Blue Square Bet North as the "worst" period of his managerial career.

Reds are bottom of the division with a minus-14 goal difference, and have lost nine of their 13 league games following .

"I'm hating every Sunday," Edmondson told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"You're looking at the league table and other results, it's tough to take, and I know fans have mixed views on me."

Edmondson added: "All I do is try to do my best, to motivate the players as much as I can.

"Managers come and go, but if players want to continue to play for the football club then they have to keep working together and sticking together.

"They've got to knuckle down and graft, it's not about me, it's about winning."

The former Carlisle United defender was handed a rare boost in Saturday's defeat at York Street, with the return of full-back Gari Rowntree after a long absence.

Rowntree, a former Blackburn Rovers academy player, damaged cruciate ligaments in training last November to end his season prematurely.

"From a personal point of view for Gari it was excellent,"

"I know what he's been through, he's been pounding the streets on his own, cycling on his own and doing lengths of the pools on his own.

"When you're a full-time professional you get a physio with you when you're doing your work and helping to motivate and push you, but to do it on your own takes some doing.

"Full credit to him, he was outstanding and his fitness levels were absolutely fantastic."