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Airbus UK Broughton: Stewart Robson wants to see positive reaction from players after defeat in Welsh Cup semi-final

AIRBUS UK’S shellshocked squad have been told to reflect, regroup and restore the club’s pride after Saturday’s ‘disastrous’ 4-1 Welsh Cup semi-final defeat to Cefn Druids.

The Wingmakers were well beaten by the Huws Gray Alliance team at Rhyl’s Belle Vue ground with only a controversial own goal to show for their sorry efforts in the biggest game in the club’s history.

Chief Operating Officer Stewart Roberts refused to make any excuses.

“The result was disastrous,” he said. “Everybody was looking forward to the game and had prepared well for what was a great opportunity to progress to the final.

“Although we had players out through injury and suspension, we cannot make that an excuse for the result.

“We should be good enough to compete against – and beat – Druids.

“On the day Druids wanted it more than us and they well deserved their win. Even with a full strength team we would have had our work cut out.”

Attention now turns back to the league campaign with Carmarthen Town the visitors on Saturday (2.30pm).

Roberts said: “We will be looking for a big reaction from the players after the semi final defeat. They did not do themselves justice – and many are playing for their contracts for next season, so we will expect to see a reaction from the players.

“They were all very down after the defeat on Saturday, and they will take a few days and a bit of time to reflect on that.

“We need to remember we have come so far as a football club, but we need to regroup for the remaining games in the league, aiming for the play-offs and get some pride back into the team after a very embarrassing defeat.”

Airbus host Port Talbot on Monday (2.30pm).

Match report - page 86.