IT will take more than a win at Paulton Rovers on Saturday for AFC Totton’s players to get back in Louis Langdown’s good books.

The Stags boss is still riled by Tuesday’s meek Russell Cotes Cup semi-final defeat by AFC Stoneham - and it will be some time before he is ready to forgive and forget.

Langdown, whose side were upstaged 3-1 by the Sydenhams One underdogs in front of a 210 home crowd, said: “It was a big wake-up call and, whether we win, draw or lose at Paulton, that performance will not be forgotten.

“There were a lot of fans there on Tuesday and, for us to put in a performance like that, it was a slap in the face for them.

“A few of our boys have been at higher places but, as I said to them, no-one’s won anything, there are no medals on the table, and this was a chance to get into a cup final.

“All credit to Stoneham, they showed how a semi-final should be played, whereas we didn’t show anywhere near the passion we do in the Southern League.

“Stoneham played like they really wanted to win and I stood there with 20 minutes to go thinking we really didn’t deserve anything out of the game.

“In the first ten minutes we had two chances that we should have scored, but didn’t, and we showed no desire to take the game by the scruff of the neck.”

One ray of hope for Langdown is that his shame-faced players will respond as they did when turfed out of the Hampshire FA Senior Cup on penalties at Romsey Town in September.

“We came back then and went on a good run,” he said. “But, trust me, Tuesday won’t be forgotten.

“I thought we’d got to a stage now where we could make changes for cup games and it would not affect our attitude and the way we play. Apparently not.

“We try to encourage competition for places, but too many times the squad hasn’t taken up the mantle.”

Jack Masterton returned from injury to play 60 minutes against Stoneham, but he didn’t look fully fit.

Ian Oliver is also doubtful for the Evo-Stik South West trip to Paulton as he is about to become a dad.