Andrew Wilson was choosing his words carefully after he saw his Corby Town side’s three-game winning streak ended in their first home game of the year.
Having won three successive away matches, which had sent them into the top 10 of the Calor League Premier Division, the Steelmen finally stepped out at Steel Park in 2014 only to be brought back down to earth with a bump as Frome Town picked up their fifth win in six matches with a 1-0 success.
The winning goal from Matt Smith came with just 11 minutes to go after a scrappy affair in which chances were at a premium.
And joint-manager Wilson admitted he was worried that “laziness” crept into certain areas of his team, although he was willing to reserve judgement until watching the game over again.
“We are really disappointed,” Wilson said.
“I am not sure exactly what the reasons for it were.
“I don’t know how we can battle and work hard in the three previous games away from home and then today, in my opinion, we haven’t battled and not dug out a result.
“We need to go away, have a think about it and have a little bit of time to gather our thoughts.
“I don’t want to say too much now or in front of the players without us having reviewed the game but, for me, it looked like we didn’t want it as much as them and that is never going to be acceptable from a team that Tommy (fellow joint-manager Wright) and I put together.
“We watch every game again and we do that to make sure we know what we are doing well and what areas we need to improve on.
“We will look at it again. We won’t accept people not working hard and putting a shift in for the team. “Everybody can have a bad game, we have to accept that. And if the video shows that everyone worked hard and that we were unfortunate then we will hold our hands up and move on. If it was laziness then it will not be tolerated.
“I thought we had turned a corner and I thought we had created a team and an atmosphere that was full of determination.
“Like I said, I don’t want to say too much right now because I don’t want to criticise them and then be wrong.
“My worry is that it was laziness and if it was that then we have a problem. If it wasn’t then we will pick the lads up and go again.”
The Steelmen are without a midweek fixture next week with their next action due to be at Chippenham Town on Saturday.