Tommy Wright feels Corby Town can soon “turn the corner” after their winless streak was extended to 11 games by a 2-1 defeat to AFC Fylde at Steel Park.
The Steelmen dropped into the bottom three of the Vanarama National League North after another loss as Fylde’s victory saw them move to the top of the table.
But, despite the poor run of results continuing, Wright was more than happy with the performance his team served up. Indeed, it was a far cry from their last outing when they were hammered 5-0 at North Ferriby United.
The Steelmen left their fightback a bit too late on this occasion with Duane Courtney’s fine header giving them hope with five minutes to go.
But boss Wright said: “Two weeks ago we chucked the towel in against North Ferriby.
“We were 2-0 down after six minutes, everyone looked lost, there was no pressing and no aggression whatsoever. It was humiliating for me to stand there and be part of it.
“But I was proud to stand there this time. I have challenged the boys in the last two weeks and they came out fighting.
“Corby fans don’t want a lot out of people but they demand 100 per cent work ethic and they love the tackles going in.
“The result wasn’t there but the performance was. We aren’t too far away from turning the corner.”
Wright, meanwhile, was disappointed with the controversy surrounding Fylde’s opener as referee Declan Ford over-ruled an assistant’s flag to award the goal when Ritchie Baker’s deflected shot beat Paul Walker.
But the Corby boss had few complaints about the decision to award the visitors a penalty.
“To be honest, I didn’t really see it but I am one of those who thinks the referee should use his linesman,” Wright added.
“For whatever reason, he chose not to. The linesman was in line with it and the referee might as well have done it by himself if he isn’t going to use him.
“That one didn’t go for us but I had no problem with the penalty and to be honest we were lucky not to get a red card.
“But we kept fighting and we got the goal and I fancied us to get another one.
“There was one ball flashed across the box and you won’t get a better free-kick than that from Cleveland Taylor. We just couldn’t get a toe on the end of it.”