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Darlington 'diabolical' says Staunton

Steve Staunton tore into his Darlington players after they went down 3-0 against Crewe on Saturday.

Darlington are now eight points behind their closest rivals, Grimsby Town, and 14 point away from safety as they have lost 18 of their 23 league games.

"It's the same old story as what was happening before the break," said Staunton after the defeat at Crewe, where he handed former Shamrock Rovers man Simon Madden his debut.

"Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. We were lucky that we were only three down. It was diabolical.

"No one turned up in the first forty-five minutes. Anyone could have come off at half time. If I had three, four or five more subs I would have used them as well. It wasn't good enough.

"The work rate and everything else just wasn't there in the first half. I feel sorry for the three lads who came off because they were not the worst ones on the park. However I felt our best opportunity of getting back into the game was putting on the three we did."

IRISH striker Jonathan Daly says that points mean more to him than plaudits after his had-trick earned Dundee United a 4-1 win over Falkirk and moved them into third place in the SPL table.

Dubliner Daly only resumed playing for the Terrors in November after nine months out due to injury but he has now taken his tally for the season to five goals with yesterday's three-goal blast against Falkirk.

"I have had three bad injuries since I came here but that's all behind me now. That was my first SPL hat-trick and hopefully it will not be the last but the most important thing was to pick up three points," says Daly.

Walters injury a massive blow for Town boss Keane

ROY Keane fears that Ireland B cap Jonathan Walters will be out of action for a number of weeks after picking up an injury in Saturday's FA Cup defeat to Southampton.

"Jon has a hamstring injury, and no doubt he will miss a number of games," said Keane, who last week was singing the praises of forward Walters and tipping the 26-year-old for a senior Ireland cap.