Chris Plummer was disappointed that his Corby Town team “didn’t compete” with Altrincham in their 5-2 home defeat in the Blue Square Bet North.
The Steelmen were torn apart in a devastating first 40 minutes at Steel Park as the impressive visitors stormed into a 5-0 lead while also missing a penalty along the way.
The poor defensive display from Corby was something of a surprise after Plummer had helped turn their fortunes around from the first five games of the season when performances like this were a regular occurrence.
And the Corby boss, who saw his team perform much better in the second half, admitted the fact his team were “outfought” as well as outplayed was the most concerning thing.
“We slipped into some of our old ways from earlier in the season,” Plummer said.
“To be honest, it was a step up in class. They are a good team. Having side that, we didn’t perform either.
“We said some things at half-time, which will stay in the dressing-room and there are some positives we can take from the second half.
“Yes, you can say the game was over but we nicked a couple of goals and didn’t concede any more. It was all about salvaging some pride.
“We got completely outclassed, outplayed and outfought in the first half and that last one is probably the most disappointing thing.
“You are always going to come up against better sides and better players but you have to compete with them and we didn’t in the first half. We did a lot better after half-time.
“We looked a bit tired at times as well so maybe the games have caught up with us a little bit.
“It is a young squad with a lot of them playing their first season at this level and after getting through the FA Cup, it might have caught up with us.
“We have to address that because we can’t afford to play like we did in that first half.”
Plummer admitted the heavy defeat was a “learning curve” for his players and he admitted that a bit of of complacency may have crept in as a four-game winning streak at home was ended in emphatic style.
“There was certainly no complacency from myself or the staff and we are always banging on to the lads that you have to be wary of it,” Plummer added.
“Just when you think you have arrived, you can come tumbling down. We need to keep a level of consistency.
“But, like I say, the lads are young and they have been through a big learning curve there. And sometimes you learn more about your players in a defeat like that.
“We have plenty to work on and we will go again next week.”