Tommy Wright accused his Corby Town players of “bottling it” after they missed the chance to move into third place in the Southern League Premier Division.
The Steelmen suffered their second home defeat of the season as Slough Town claimed a 2-1 success at Steel Park on Wednesday night.
Spencer Weir-Daley grabbed his fourth goal in three games as the two teams went in level at 1-1 at half-time but Corby missed two glorious chances after the break before the visitors snatched the points thanks to Scott Harris’ goal 11 minutes from full-time.
Boss Wright was unable to hide his frustration at a “missed opportunity” as the defeat saw his team drop to eighth in the table ahead of back-to-back away games at Chippenham Town and Hereford United over the next week.
The furious Steelmen manager said: “It is a missed opportunity. The boys were well aware of the league table and what a win could do for us and they have bottled it to be honest.
“We haven’t turned up and we have been caught out. They came up against something that is 75 per cent of what this division is all about and I thought we could deal with it.
“We did to a certain extent but it’s just not good enough and that’s not what I know this team is capable of.
“Slough had had mixed results and you can see why because teams who do turn up on the day will turn them over and teams who don’t adapt will get found out.
“We changed our whole gameplan and turned it into how they play and that’s not what we talked about beforehand.
“Especially at home, we are all about open and energetic football. I want the ball on the deck but we were smashing balls up to Spencer Weir-Daley and while he will battle away, that’s not his game.
“Our goal completely changed the half-time team talk. It went from being a big rant to a case of getting behind them and encouraging them a bit.
“I thought the goal would spur us on and we have had chances in the second half. It wouldn’t go in for us. But we just didn’t perform.
“The boys have let themselves down and they know it. They have let me down and the fans expect more. The have to go and put it right.”
Wright, meanwhile, admitted he got things wrong by giving his players some time off in the build-up to the game.
The Steelmen were without a match last weekend with the manager choosing not to bring the squad in for training, something he now believes was a mistake.
“I will hold my hands up, I shouldn’t have given the boys the weekend off,” Wright added.
“I thought by doing that it would recharge their batteries but I will hold my hands up on that one and I have told the boys they can forget about days off any more.
“They were rusty and didn’t get going. They have proven to me that they aren’t as good as I think they are.”
Corby, as it stands, are now without a game next Saturday (October 11) as their opponents that day, Biggleswade Town, are still involved in the FA Cup.
It means will not play at home again until October 22 when Dunstable Town are the visitors.