BURTON Albion continued to press the self-destruct button at Wimbledon.
The lack of professionalism and self-discipline by one or two of the players will ensure that, despite the best start to the season they have ever had, they are going to remain in the lowest levels of full-time football.
Burton as a team do not deserve to be playing at that level.
They show every year in cup matches that they can match teams in higher leagues.
However, the stupid actions of one or two players is consistently blighting any progress.
I heard what Gary Rowett had to say after the match and he gave a complete and accurate assessment of Burton's situation, what was wrong and what needed to be done about it.
Gary is not the issue here, so before anyone starts blaming him for this, they need to listen to that interview.
Later, Robbie Weir spoke to the media and excused Marcus Holness on the grounds that if you play with passion you sometimes react wrongly and get sent off, saying “that’s just football.”
I have a real issue with that - it's not football, it's childish naivety.
It’s a way to waste your career and never achieve anything great.
It’s a way to let down every other team mate and every fan who pays their entrance fee.
It’s a way to make yourself an easy touch for opponents who exploit the ease with which you lose your temper.
It’s a way to get dumped by a team manager because you are a liability that undermines the team.
Marcus has done this before, at Sheffield United last year.
His start-of-season ban left a defensive hole that hurt us in the early stages of last season.
Lee Bell did likewise before the play-offs at the end of last year and it probably cost us promotion.
Now, two incidents of unprofessional petulance by Holness(again) and Sharps - experienced players who should know better - have ripped the defence to shreds while they serve out their match bans.
Thankfully, the young lad Slade looks like a really good defensive prospect and Pickford saved Albion repeatedly with a series of good saves.
Diamond was as good and reliable as he always is, but McCrory had a poor game.
In short, we only have half a defence and if we carry on we stand more than half a chance of being relegation strugglers later in the year.