Assistant Taffy Richardson refused to use missing personnel as an excuse following Poole Town’s 5-1 defeat at Chesham.
Without boss Tom Killick, who served the first of a six-game stadium ban, Dolphins crashed to a second straight away defeat in Southern League South.
As well as their manager, Poole were without key figures on the field.
Defender Will Spetch was suspended, goalkeeper Luke Cairney was away and star striker Luke Roberts and midfielder Corby Moore missed out due to injury.
“It would be nice to have your full squad but I’m not interested in that as an excuse,” said non-league stalwart Richardson, who took charge in Killick’s absence.
“It’s football – it’s not unusual to have that many players missing. There’s no excuse for that. The lads who came in did well – everyone contributed.
“I don’t think myself or Tom would ever hide behind that excuse of personnel missing. Other teams have it and so do we.”
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