Chris Plummer has set his sights on getting Corby Town out of the bottom three in the Blue Square Bet North following their disappointing FA Cup exit.
The Steelmen failed to take their first-half chances as they were eventually undone by a spirited Hendon side, who claimed a 2-1 win at Steel Park in the fourth qualifying round and a place in the first round proper.
The Ryman League Premier Division side were eventually worthy winners but not before Corby had failed to add to their early lead that came about thanks to Josh Moreman’s goal.
And while boss Plummer was bitterly disappointed to be beaten by lower league opposition, he insists the focus must now be on the league after the Steelmen dropped into the relegation zone with other results going against them on Saturday.
“We took the lead early on and at that point we were in total control of the game and it looked like we would extend our lead,” he said.
“And it was disappointing that we went in at 1-1 when they scored against the run of play.
“They got tighter to us in the second half and we stopped doing what was giving us joy in the first half and that is something we have spoken to the lads about.
“They improved but it is another set-piece that has been our undoing, it was a very good strike but you can count the chances they have had on one hand, if that.
“It is very disappointing but good luck to them and I wish them all the best for the next round.
“We aren’t in the draw and we have to move on in the league now.
“We have dropped into the bottom three after the results on Saturday so that is what we have to concentrate on now.”
Plummer, meanwhile, was disappointed with the decision to send off defender Carl Piergianni after an ugly clash between him and Hendon striker Elliott Charles late on in the game.
Charles threw a punch at the Corby defender, who also saw red for what Plummer was told was for “retaliation”.
“I was disappointed with the incident because I though Carl played very well,” the Corby boss added.
“They had a good threat and on the whole, we dealt with their front two very well.
“Their lad has actually struck Carl in the face and it looked to me like Carl just held him to stop being hit again.
“The referee said Carl retaliated so he had to give him a red but I don’t think he ever swung his arms.
“It didn’t affect the result but we are going to potentially lose him for three games, which is very damaging to us.
“I have spoken to the chairman and he will support us if we appeal it.”