“Disappointed and frustrated” summed up the mood of Corby Town manager Tommy Wright after they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Dorchester Town.
A late goal from Spencer Weir-Daley proved to be only a consolation for the Steelmen on a poor day in the south-west.
Despite the loss, Corby remain in second place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division but they now trail Poole Town by seven points having played two games more after the leaders won 2-0 at Cambridge City.
But there were few excuses from boss Wright after his team’s setback at Dorchester as he admitted they “got what they deserved”.
“I am disappointed and frustrated more than anything,” Wright said.
“We know we can play a lot better than that.
“I can’t even say we didn’t start well. Up until they scored the first goal, we looked comfortable and Wilson (Carvalho) hit the bar.
“But they scored and the boys didn’t react, they stopped doing all the good things.
“The goal at the end gave us some hope but if we had got another it would have given us a point that we didn’t deserve. We deserved what we got.”
Wright handed young left-back Elliott Bentley his first league start but the brought him off during the first half with skipper Paul Malone replacing him.
However, the Steelmen boss insisted it was purely a tactical decision after the hosts had taken the lead.
“Bringing Elliott off was something we had to do,” he added.
“It’s not nice to make a substitution after 30 minutes but it was purely tactical and no reflection on what Elliott had done because he didn’t do a lot wrong.
“We just felt we needed to react to what was happening and Paul provides that extra bit of height that we needed.
“I think it did make a difference but it was, in general, something of a nothing performance from us. We will put it down as a blip and look to bounce back as quickly as possible.”
The Steelmen are back in action with two home games this week as they take on Arlesey Town in the second round of the Red Insure Cup on Wednesday before hosting Bideford at Steel Park next weekend.