Striker Jeff Goulding was dismissed on 43 minutes for his second cautionable offence at the Kingfield Stadium to cap a miserable afternoon for City, and boss Holdsworth stated clearly his intent for future games. Dean said: "We're trying hard - we really are - and it may sound harsh, but there are players who are letting themselves and their team mates down on and off the pitch and at training. I won't stand for it."
"Now we're going to look to change some things - sooner rather than later with the club's help. There are individuals who need to take a look at themselves. We have a work ethic here and I don't like some of the non-league mentality - we should be professional. Our fans were excellent again today, and I promise we won't let them down in the long term."
In the opening half an hour of the match there wasn't a great deal of action in either goalmouth. On 24 minutes Sebastion Schoburgh went very close for the hosts to no avail and Hayes also had a couple of penalty appeals turned down. At the other end, Goulding tried his luck for the Clarets, and he wasn't far away.
However, the tone for the rest of the game was set inside the last eight minutes of the period. Inman headed beyond Chelmsford goalkeeper Tommy Forecast following some less than perfect defending on 37 minutes. City's prospects of an equaliser were then reduced seconds before the interval when Goulding was shown his second yellow card of the afternoon - and subsequently a red - after a sliding tackle from behind.
Two minutes into injury time Hayes arguably put the game to bed as they broke away and made it 2-0 with a finish from Merrifield. "The sending off obviously had a huge impact on the game, then at 2-0 it becomes a real tall order," Dean reflected. "Jeff's been sucked in and has been a bit naive. You have to be disciplined, otherwise you'll be punished. At half time I told the players to go out and play for our fans who had come all the way to watch us."
The Clarets make a substitution at the interval, striker Tom Derry replacing midfielder Davis, and he almost had an immediate impact by firing City's first goalbound strike at goalkeeper Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz. Chelmsford were showing some early improvement from their first-half showing and Mark Hughes also clipped the crossbar with a delivery towards the danger zone.
Nevertheless, Hayes put the match beyond their opponents ten minutes into the period through Reid, who confidently tucked a penalty into the top corner having been brought down himself by Danny Webb. The City defender partially atoned for his indiscretion shortly afterwards, producing a brilliant block on the line to thwart Reid who was primed to put Hayes four-up.
Reid struck over the crossbar from Marlon Patterson's left-flank cross moments prior to the hour mark, while Hughes' header from a corner was plucked from the air by home custodian Jaimez-Ruiz. A double substitution saw Rob Edmans and Nicky Nicolau enter the fray and striker Edmans combined immediately with wide man Sam Long, whose effort down the centre, 15 yards from goal, was narrowly too high.
Chances were beginning to come thick and fast and Reid couldn't quite stretch far enough to get anything on the ball in a dangerous position. That was indicative of what was to follow a minute from time when Inman jumped and produced a simple header into the back of the net to make it 4-0 and round off the scoring.
Three minutes into stoppage time matters could have been made worse for Holdsworth's men as Forecast brought down Reid, who was in an advanced position. Fortunately for the Clarets it was a yellow card and not a red which emerged from Referee Lee Betts' pocket. Chelmsford now focus on a home game with Whitehawk in a week's time.
1 Tommy Forecast
2 Ben Sampayo
3 Leon Redwood
4 Tom Davis
5 Mark Haines
6 Danny Webb
7 Sam Long
8 Mark Hughes (C)
9 Jeff Goulding
10 David Rainford
11 Bagasan Graham
12 Tom Derry (On for Davis, 46)
14 Nicky Nicolau (On for Hughes, 63)
15 Bertie Brayley
16 Jack Paxman
17 Rob Edmans (On for Graham, 63)
Hayes & Yeading United: Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz, Anthony Furlonge, Marlon Patterson, Jack Mills (Omar Mohamed, 81), Charlie Wassmer, Dean Inman, Sebastion Schoburgh (Alan Bossman, 77), Frankie Merrifield, Kelvin Bossman (Kamaron English, 63), Jake Reid, Tom Bird. Unused Substitutes: Luke Williams, James Warrington (GK).
Bookings: City: Goulding (16, foul and 43, foul), Hughes (60, foul), Forecast (90+3, foul). Hayes: Wassmer (43, unsporting behaviour).
Sent Off: City: Goulding (43, second bookable offence).
Referee: Lee Betts (Norwich).
Assistant Referees: Anthony Da Costa (Cambridge) and Hallum Cutmore (Cambridge).
City Man of the Match: Leon Redwood.