There was plenty for Alan Doyle to think about after Kettering Town suffered a 4-1 victory to Bedworth United at Steel Park on Sunday.
And while, by his own admission, there were more negatives than anything else for the Poppies boss, there was at least one positive to come out of a fourth successive defeat in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
That was the performance of striker Lewis Wilson. He joined on loan from Northampton Town until January 2 on Friday and made an instant impact.
Wilson opened the scoring after 14 minutes and, although Bedworth fought back to eventually claim a comfortable victory, Doyle was able to pick out the new frontman for praise.
“Lewis was great for us and you could see that he had come from a higher level,” the Kettering manager said.
“He scored a goal and he took it really well so he has done what we brought him in to do.
“I was always confident he would make a quick impact for the team and that is what he did. It was just a shame about what happened after that goal.”
Doyle, however, was forced to look at the negatives that came out of the game and he admitted his team missed centre-half Adam Mitter more than he thought they would.
Mitter, who had captained the team since their return to action after a month of inactivity, left the club at the end of the last week due to the difficulties of travelling from his home in Liverpool.
And Doyle said: “We missed Adam, there is no doubt about that. He has been very good for us.
“I think all the fans can see we are missing a leader at the back and a leader in the middle of the pitch.
“Hopefully those are positions we can address in the future because we will need to if we want to start picking up victories.”
The defeat left the troubled Poppies 19 points adrift of safety in the Premier Division ahead of tomorrow night’s trip to Bideford who are also struggling at the wrong end of the table.