JONATHAN WALTERS pulled no punches with his assessment of Stoke City's frustrating draw with Wigan Athletic on Tuesday . . . by stating: "We weren't good enough".
The Republic of Ireland international offered that frank summary after City surrendered a two-goal lead when they appeared on course for a first Premier League win of 2013.
Those hopes were extinguished as second-half goals in quick succession from James McArthur and Franco Di Santo pegged the hosts back as the game ended in a 2-2 draw.
"There are no excuses, we just weren't good enough, and that's the be-all and end-all of it," commented Walters after City were forced to settle for a point.
"To be 2-0 up at home, and then not to come away with the result is hugely disappointing, and we have to address that. Again, it isn't good enough!
"We are disappointed in the dressing room and frustrated, of course we are, because results have been disappointing over the past month or so, but we have to bounce back from this."
He added: "If we just sit here and dwell on this result then things aren't going to improve. The only way we can do that is by working hard and putting things right out on the pitch."
The former Ipswich Town frontman also fully understands why the supporters vented their frustration towards the players at the end of the game.
"Of course, they are going to show their frustration, and so they should because we were 2-0 up and we ended up not winning the game," he said.
"At that point, they would have expected us to win the game, and to be honest, so would we as players. Nobody can question our supporters, they are as good as, if not better than any others in the country. They give us incredible backing, and they are right to show their disappointment when things don't go right for us.
"We allowed them to get back into the game again with a bit of sloppy defending, and from then on in we struggled. We have to learn how to close games out, because squandering two-goal leads just isn't good enough."