NEW LOW: What's going wrong at the Knights?
"IT was probably the most embarrassing night I've ever had on a football field.''
That was the post-match reaction of Ipswich Knights coach Danny Wilson after his team's 7-0 demise to Souths United in their latest Brisbane Premier League match.
One of Ipswich's most tenacious and fearless defenders during his playing days, Wilson was shattered after seeing the Knights reach a new low this season.
"Unfortunately we've got not one player stepping up and taking their opportunity at the moment,'' he said.
"They've just been happy to rock up and go through the motions.
"Ultimately to win a game, you need every player to do their job and you need one player to do something special. We've just got every player looking over their shoulder hoping someone else does that special thing.''
After a gritty 2-2 draw against Rochedale the previous week, Wilson was optimistic the Knights would show some character against Souths United on Saturday night.
But as they had in some similar big losses before that game, the Knights failed to take ownership of their roles.
Down 1-0 at halftime after a penalty, the Knights conceded three quick goals to give up any chance of a recovery.
"The players were making poor decisions where options were there,'' Wilson said.
"They turned the ball over when we under no pressure or played the ball into areas where it was congested.
"It was literally the same side that came out and played really well versus Rochedale. There was nothing that we did that resembled the performance that we put out against Rochedale.
"We're just not playing intelligent football.''
With a tough Canale Cup match against Capital League 2 leaders Centenary at Bundamba on Tuesday night, Wilson has called a special session tonight to review his squad.
The head coach said he was looking to blood some Reserve and under-18 players with the right attitude.
"When you've got experienced campaigners making poor decisions, you have to try something different,'' he said.
The disappointing Knights performance came after the club received positive news of its place in next year's expanded Football Queensland Premier League competition.
As Wilson rightly highlighted, that should get the players excited about the opportunities ahead, rather than just wanting to play each week.
State of play
BPL: Souths United def Ipswich Knights 7-0. Reserves: Souths United def Knights 1-0.
Next match: Rd 3 Canale Cup Tuesday (7pm) - Ipswich Knights v Centenary Stormers at Eric Evans Reserve, Bundamba.