Andrew Wilson believes Corby Town must start earning some luck against the teams higher than them in the Calor League Premier Division.
The Steelmen good run of form away from home was ended at play-off chasing Poole Town on Saturday as they went down to a 3-1 defeat.
Corby’s own hopes of finishing in the top five now look to be hanging by a thread after they found themselves 3-0 down after 46 minutes on the south coast before finishing the game well with Claudiu Hoban pulling a goal back.
The Steelmen take on another of the play-off chasers next weekend when they take on Bideford at Steel Park.
And joint-manager Wilson insists he will be looking for a good reaction after their five-match unbeaten run on the road came to a halt.
“It’s disappointing to lose any game of football but it’s even more disappointing when you give a team easy opportunities,” Wilson said.
“We were 2-0 down at half-time and we made it clear that we needed to do the right things early in the second half and we conceded after 60 seconds. That isn’t good enough.
“It was possibly a bit too easy to start playing our football after that when there was no real pressure on us. But we got a goal and then we had a one-on-one which we might have taken.
“It is frustrating because we have shown that we can compete with the better teams in the division.
“I think the magnitude of the game got to some of our lads at the weekend, even though we have stopped talking about the play-offs.
“We can talk about being unlucky but you have to earn your luck sometimes and you have to earn the right in every match.
“I believe we are as good as any side on our day but you have to do the right things. And for 50 minutes, we didn’t do that at the weekend.
“Just like one good result doesn’t always mean things are positive, one negative result doesn’t make us a bad team.
“We will prepare properly this week like we always do and I hope we get a good, positive reaction against Bideford next weekend.”
Wilson is hopeful both Aman Verma (hip) and fellow joint-boss Tommy Wright (neck) will be back in contention for Saturday’s clash.
And he admitted midfielder Sam Ives played on despite carrying a knock at Poole.
“Aman suffered a hip injury in the game at Bedford and he was struggling with it in training last Thursday,” Wilson added.
“Sam was also struggling after the Bedford game but he got through training. However, he wasn’t the same as he has been over the past few weeks.
“He wasn’t 100 per cent but he got on with it and maybe we need to look at ourselves on that one.”