Andrew Wilson had nothing but praise for his Corby Town side after they were on the end of a somewhat harsh 2-0 home defeat to Calor League Premier Division play-off chasers Cambridge City last night (Wednesday).
The Steelmen, who were without club captain after he became the latest player to leave Steel Park having turned down a reduced wage following a cut in the budget, more than matched their visitors for long spells.
Both joint-boss Tommy Wright and Sam Ives struck the crossbar while the overall performance was worthy of praise given that the off-field issues are showing no signs of relenting.
And joint-manager Wilson was delighted with the display, if not the final outcome.
“I thought we were unlucky,” Wilson said.
“We have hit the bar twice and Tommy has been unlucky with two headers and if we had taken one of those then I think we would have gone on and won the game.
“I thought the first half was fairly even but they have gone in 1-0 up and then in the second half for 35 minutes I didn’t think they could contain us.
“Credit to them, they are a play-off team and were always going to be difficult to beat and when you have seven first-team players missing like we have then it will tough.
“But Tommy and I can’t speak highly enough of our players after that performance.”
Wilson insists there is no chance of him and Wright changing their “principles” despite now having to work with squad that has been left depleted by the recent financial woes.
The club remain at loggerheads with Corby Borough Council over funding the Steelmen claim is owed to them while there appears to be a deadlock over plans to build a sports pavilion at one end of Steel Park.
But, even though the season is petering out, Wilson says his team will continue to play “the right way”.
He added: “We could change our tactics and make ourselves really difficult to beat and try to nick something from the games.
“But that goes against our principles and why should we do that? We are not going to get relegated or promoted so why shouldn’t we try to entertain the fans?
“The fans want to see good football and I have heard the lads chatting behind the dugout and they are praising us for getting the players to do what they are doing.
“I don’t think it is right to just try to nick a 1-0 victory. It showed in the Cambridge game. Seven first-team players have left in the last few weeks and we still played through a team who are in the play-offs.
“On another night we could have scored four and I think it will turn.”
Wilson, meanwhile, had kind words for Jelleyman who left Corby on Tuesday.
“I would just like to thank Gareth for being here and supporting us,” Wilson said.
“He has been a big advocate for Tommy and I, he has supported us all the way.
“It is a horrible situation and it’s not something that Tommy and I are particularly happy with.
“I can understand Gareth’s frustration and his decision. We wish him all the best.”