Darlington must show pride, says manager Craig Liddle

Craig Liddle
Liddle has lost just once in six league games as caretaker boss at Darlington

Darlington interim boss Craig Liddle has said he will not accept a repeat of Saturday's 3-0 FA Trophy defeat by Grimsby while he is in charge.

The Quakers, winners in 2011, were eliminated at the first-round stage after goals by Michael Coulson - who scored a brace - and Anthony Elding.

"You don't stand off teams and let them pass the ball with the crowd signing 'ole'," Liddle told BBC Tees.

"I won't accept that. I told the lads to at least have some personal pride."

Liddle's position as interim boss following Mark Cooper's departure in October has not been helped by ongoing financial issues.

Chairman Raj Singh is also at a standstill in negotiations with the town's Borough Council regarding the stadium land, and with former boss Cooper over compensation.

"There'll be further meetings next week. I've got to try to keep upbeat, and keep the players upbeat," Liddle continued.

"I've got to try not to talk about the off-field things in training and in games, but it's difficult when people have mortgages to pay and kids to feed.

"Obviously those things aren't helping at the moment, but hopefully the off-field things can be resolved in the near future so we can concentrate on things on the pitch."

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