YORK City were 'nowhere near good enough' during their FA Cup first round defeat to Buxton, manager Steve Watson said.

The Minstermen were sunk 1-0 by a solitary Diego De Girolamo goal six minutes from time - but City's woes extended beyond the scoreline.

At no point did the hosts really look like creating that one key chance, and were second-best pretty much across the field, lacking any semblance of the intensity that made the previous Saturday's league win such an enjoyable spectacle.

Worryingly, they were carved open almost at will by Buxton, who were thoroughly deserving winners.

Not only does the defeat see York miss what, on paper, was a gilt-edged opportunity to get into the second round proper for the first time since 2010, but it raises questions as to why the team cannot reliably take strong performances from game to game.

"They started better than we did but we had 90 minutes to put that behind us," Watson said.

"We've got the players capable of performing at a good standard and it's really disappointing that we didn't. We didn't really improve the whole game.

"(Buxton) are a very good side but it's a huge opportunity for York City to advance in the Cup and the difference in standard between last week and this week has taken us by surprise.

"We looked second-best in the football department, we didn't get on to anywhere near enough second balls, we didn't get locked onto people properly.

"It was good movement from Chambers which a fully-fit Sean Newton might have seen earlier but the lad who scored had broken free three or four times in the game and there is experience on the pitch that should be able to see that.

"We had the ball in the net and missed headers from two or three yards but I'm not trying to kid anybody.

"That was absolutely nowhere near good enough.

"We can't achieve anything while we're pulling out seven or eight out of 10 performances and then fours and fives the following week.

"I'm the manager so I'll take responsibility but the players have to look at themselves and ask themselves why their performances are so erratic."