STEVE Wilkes says “home truths were spoken” in the Northwich Victoria dressing room after another defeat – but not by him.

Vics fell to defeat at Hanley Town last night, with goals either side of half time condemning to a 2-0 loss.

It means Wilkes’ side have lost both of their North West Counties League Premier Division games so far as well as being out of both the FA Cup and FA Vase.

However, the Vics boss says he did not have to say anything to his charges after the game as they did the talking for him.

“I’ve walked in the changing room and stood there for 15 minutes and I’ve not said a dickie bird. The players have said it themselves,” he said.

“They’ve had a go at each other, one or two voices were raised and some home truths were spoken by the players. I’ve not said a word.

“The performance was nowhere near the standards we set here at Northwich Victoria so I’m pleased they’ve done that.”

Kieran Brown put Hanley ahead two minutes before half time before the Stoke-on-Trent-based side doubled their lead through Kyle Stubbs just before the hour mark.

Wilkes says only a couple of his players could come out of the game with any credit.

“I thought Darrhyl Mason was excellent on the field,” he said.

“He and Louis Potts were the only two players who did alright and the rest are all looking at themselves.

“The standards were set last Wednesday when we played one of the favourites for the league in Rylands and we pushed them all the way.

“We were poor on Saturday and then poor again tonight.

“We’ve now lost two league games on the bounce which isn’t good enough.

“With all due respect to Hanley, they are a much better side than last year.

“We’ve had two or three cleared off the line but you make your own luck in this game.”