Ian Sampson bemoaned a lack of quality in the final third as Corby Town’s Blue Square Bet North campaign started with a home defeat.
Vauxhall Motors claimed a 1-0 win at Steel Park in manager Sampson’s first league game in charge as visiting skipper Tom Hannigan’s first-half header proved decisive.
The Steelmen had plenty of possession, particularly in the second half. But a final ball was always lacking and it all left Sampson frustrated,
“We seemed to be very lethargic in the first half, we didn’t match their energy and desire and to get done on a set-piece is very disappointing,” the Corby boss said.
“We had lots of possession but when we got around the box, the quality we saw in pre-season wasn’t there.
“I said all along that pre-season counts for nothing when it comes to results.
“For some reason, we let ourselves down – not in terms of endeavour but in terms of quality
“We got into some great positions but we didn’t deliver and I don’t think we have worked their goalkeeper.
“We are obviously disappointed.
“No-one wants to start the season at home with a defeat.
“There were lots of things that didn’t please me, although there were bits I was happy with.
“The good thing is, we have another game on Tuesday and we will try to improve on that performance.”