AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks believes his team are experiencing the rough side of football at the moment.
They suffered a third loss in four games when they were beaten 3-1 by Chasetown on Tuesday night.
It is an unwelcome run of results that could derail their push for a play-off place in Northern Premier League First Division South.
But, despite not getting the rewards Peaks feels they should have done recently, he insists they will not lack confidence in the final push.
“It can be a cruel game sometimes,” Peaks said.
“Our performance against Chasetown was really good but it was a disappointing result.
“We knew it would be tough there because they have underachieved massively.
“But I thought we did enough to win the game.
“It’s been the same in the last three games we’ve lost.
“The way we’ve played we’ve deserved something out of all three of them but you don’t always get what you deserve.
“It’s about fine lines in football sometimes and every slight error we’ve made or lack of concentration we’ve had has been punished.
“But we’re playing really well at the moment and we will keep the belief.
“We’ve got five massive games ahead of us and we’ll go again against Leek on Saturday.
“It’s another big game for us and we’ll stay focused and hopefully get our rewards for playing well.
“The players gave it loads of effort and loads of endeavour at Chasetown and you could see how much it meant to them at the end.
“We just have to start being more clinical.”