Tommy Wright and Andrew Wilson know Corby Town “must do better” after they twice squandered a lead in the 2-2 draw with Chippenham Town at Steel Park.
The Steelmen went 1-0 up at the end of the first half through Sam Ives and, after the visitors had levelled, a brilliant free-kick from Aman Verma looked to have secured all three points.
But Lee Phillips headed home a late and deserved equaliser for Chippenham to leave the Steelmen’s management duo concerned at their team’s defensive lapses.
The result leaves Corby 11 points adrift of the play-off places in the Calor League Premier Division as they now prepare to host Biggleswade Town on Wednesday night.
And Wright said: “We are gutted because we have led twice and we conceded late on. It feels like a defeat.
“I thought we had a good shout for a penalty at the end and I really want to say we were unlucky but I don’t think we played well enough to win the game. Both goals we conceded were sloppy and we need to be better than that.
“We have scored two goals and I hit the post and if you are scoring two or three goals every week, you would like to think you would be winning games.
“I think the problem for us at the moment is that we are conceding too many and we could really do with a scrappy 1-0 win.
“If you give yourselves a platform to build on like a clean sheet then you have a great chance of winning matches.”
Wright’s feelings were shared by his fellow boss Wilson, who felt there were few positives to take from the stalemate.
“We have a tough run of games coming up and this one was one we had on paper as one we should be winning,” he added.
“We weren’t good enough. We went in the lead twice but we have to be better, we have to be able to see games out.
“We have things we need to work on. We were not at our best but we still created chances to score goals. It is the other end of the pitch that is the concern.
“We didn’t lose the game but there not many positives to take from it. We got a point and that is better than nothing. But we need to be better as a unit.”
New loan signings Wilson Carvalho and Louis Greenway-Tambini both made their debuts from the substitutes’ bench after joining from Port Vale on Friday.
Tom Berwick, meanwhile, has signed for Premier Division leaders Hemel Hempstead Town following the Corby top scorer’s surprise departure from Steel Park during the week.