Tommy Wright was left to reflect on a game that “could have been” as Corby Town’s problems mounted in the Vanarama National League North.
The Steelmen were thumped 4-0 by Curzon Ashton at Steel Park to make it 12 games without a win in all competitions and to leave them still second from bottom in the table.
But Wright felt things could have been different had Spencer Weir-Daley not seen his penalty saved while the game was goalless.
However, while he felt there were positives, including the return of Greg Mills, he admitted the lack of confidence within his squad is a big issue.
“It was a game that could have been for us,” the Steelmen boss said.
“If we had scored the penalty then things would have been different and we are one of those teams at the moment that probably needs to get the first goal if we are to get anything from it.
“The lack of confidence within the squad is a big concern, especially when you consider that I have a few lads in there who are usually very confident people.
“There are players who just aren’t performing to the level they have done in the past and there are conversations about that subject that will happen this week.
“Overall, I am just really frustrated to be honest.
“There were plus points. I thought my central defenders put their bodies on the line for the cause, I thought Ben Milnes worked tirelessly and we got 45 minutes out of Greg Mills without any reaction to his injury. But that’s where the positives end.
“Anton Brown is having his cast cut off tomorrow and that will give me the best possible start to the week. It will be good to have him back.”
Wright, meanwhile, said midfielder Ashley Sammons will be “dealt with internally” after the manager revealed the player had been holding talks with another club.
Sammons was hauled off at half-time having started the game and Wright launched a scathing attack on the player in the aftermath.
He said: “Ash will be dealt with internally. There have been things going on behind my back, which I am not happy about.
“I probably should not have started with him but he assured me he would give 100 per cent and I was happy to give him the benefit of the doubt. But didn’t do it and he didn’t look interested.
“I have told him the situation and now everyone knows the situation. I am disappointed that he has held conversations with a team from a lower level, especially when he asked me to cancel his contract for work reasons.
“I think you can look at his performances over the past few weeks and then not be too surprised that something like this is has happened.”