May 8 2012 By Greg Burns
GOALKEEPER Nikki Bull pulled no punches as he reflected on Wycombe's relegation as a 'disgrace' and 'embarrassing'.
The Wanderers stopper delivered his damning assessment after ending the campaign with a 25th league loss at Hillsborough on Saturday that also saw the total number of goals conceded reach 101 in all competitions.
The 30-year-old, who started every game this season, was is no mood to mince his words as he prepares for an immediate return to League Two.
“Over the season we have not been good enough," he said. "At times it has been embarrassing and you can't make up your season in the last eight weeks.
“It is gutting that we are down because we have all failed. Our task was to get up and stay up – we haven't been able to do it so we are all a failure and it is not going to be a happy summer.
“We have conceded 101 goals this season and it has not been fun. It has been a grind and a lot of people need to look in the mirror because, individually and collectively, we have not been good enough and it is not acceptable.
“In too many games this season, when the chips were down and we went behind, people have downed tools and it has become embarrassing. Some people have to take a long look in the mirror and it is a disgrace that we have gone down."
Bull, who missed the end-of-season awards dinner on Sunday, believes Wycombe had the team to survive in League One this season but questioned the mentality of the squad for not avoiding the drop.
“I can count off the top of my head between 12 and 15 games where we have not turned up and it has cost us," he said. "It is a travesty that we have not stayed up because if you take the top eight teams out of it the rest is much of a muchness.
“You have to look at Yeovil home and away, Tranmere away, Rochdale away, Walsall at home and away we have thrown points down the drain.
“It has been a shambles. In ways I have been disappointed with League One. Look at Hartlepool – we turned them over twice this season and they have finished comfortable in mid-table.
“You look at the two performances against us and they were woeful. But they have probably got stronger characters than us and managed to dig out more results."
Striker Stuart Beavon swept the board at the club's awards night on Sunday after ending the season with 25 goals. The 27-year-old walked away with the Players and Supporters' Player of the Year prizes and the Goal of the Season gong.