ADAM WATTS has vowed to remain in hiding after confessing he is so embarrassed by Lincoln's form he refuses to show his face in the city.
The Imps defender says he is furious at the club's start to the season as their miserable form continued with a 1-0 defeat at 10-man Luton Town at the weekend.
An 85th-minute goal from Stuart Fleetwood sealed victory for the Hatters, who saw Dean Beckwith sent off in the first half for an off-the-ball incident with striker Kyle Perry.
To compound Lincoln's misery, Mitchell Nelson was sent off for a second bookable offence in stoppage time as they succumbed to a fourth successive defeat.
Watts says he is so disappointed by Lincoln, who sit third-from-bottom in the table, that he is virtually housebound other than reporting for training.
"I am so angry, I am passionate and I am a proud man," he said.
"It has been such a poor start and I feel so sorry for the fans because they deserve better. I just hope they can bear with us.
"Some have said they are going to stop coming and I am not surprised because the faith has gone a little bit.
"They have every right to feel like that and to be totally honest it's tough going into town and seeing them at the minute.
"It is just too embarrassing for me to go out full-stop, so I'm just going to Asda every so often or go night fishing to stay out the way.
"Sometimes the fans will want a reaction from us when they see us out and about, but it won't be me. I'm too ashamed to show my face."
Watts said he would also be seeking talks with manager Steve Tilson today after the Imps boss criticised his defence for their performance in the second half.
Tilson said they had "made Stuart Fleetwood look like a Premier League player" after going through one on one with Joe Anyon on several occasions.
Each time the Imps goalkeeper, who was man-of-the-match, was equal to the task until he was beaten by Fleetwood's tap-in that was set-up by John Paul Kissock.
Watts said he wants under pressure Tilson to show him just exactly where the defence is going wrong.
"Joe was class on Saturday and has been excellent for us considering everything that went on last year," he said.
"He kept us in the game and I know the gaffer said he was not happy with the back four.
"He has a point, but stuff was said in the heat of the moment after the game and I want to tell him my point of view today.
"I want to know what we can do better, how we go about it, and to coach us.
"The fact is we are still down near the bottom and I am not saying we are down there because of luck.
"It's all to do with basics and we are not doing them."