John Beck admitted Kettering Town were “not good enough” as they slipped to a second defeat of the season in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
The Poppies were beaten 2-1 at St Albans City as two goals from Lewis Toomey proved decisive while Ed Palmer replied as the visitors tried to fight back.
Kettering also had a goal ruled out to make it a frustrating day but Beck was brutally honest in his assessment of his team’s display.
“We weren’t good enough and they were better than us,” Beck said.
“Again, I can only apologise to the fans who travelled to watch us and the others back at home because we just aren’t where we want to be at the moment.
“We have said time and time again that it is going to be a long-term job when it comes to recruiting the players we want to enable us to do well at this level.
“We didn’t deserve anything out the game.
“For 80 per cent of the match they were the better team and you will always struggle to pick up a result if you only play well for 20 per cent of a game.
“When we gave it go, we looked quite good but we can’t afford to concede two goals and then start playing.
“We are what we are, a team that has been thrown together in the last three months.
“But we will be working hard and will be trying to improve.”
The Poppies sit on minus five points after being deducted 10 during the summer after the club entered a CVA.
They play the side immediately above them, Cambridge City, at Nene Park on Tuesday.
But the off-field issues remain at Kettering with the players having only been paid a percentage of their wages for this month while the Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust have called on majority shareholder Imraan Ladak to reveal his plans for the future after sending him an open letter last week.