Tommy Wright was a frustrated man after seeing his Corby Town side go down 3-1 at Poole Town in the Calor League Premier Division.
The Steelmen’s five-match unbeaten run on the road came to an end on the south coast as they trailed 2-0 in the first half before conceding the third a minute into the second period.
Corby did rally late on and Claudiu Hoban followed up his four-goal haul at Bedford Town with a consolation with 20 minutes to go.
But joint-manager Wright had some stern words for his players after he felt they gave their hosts, who have lost just once this season, a “headstart”.
“I am disappointed and a little bit frustrated,” said Wright, who was an unused substitute in the game after picking up a neck injury at Bedford.
“You can’t give good sides a 3-0 headstart before you start playing your own football.
“And once we did start doing that, we looked a threat, scored a goal and maybe could have had a couple more.
“They were a good side and the fact they have only been beaten once this season tells you all you need to know about them.
“But I do feel we have missed a chance because of the way we gave goals away.
“We have to be better than that and we will start again when we play Bideford at home next weekend.
“The game down there against them was one of our better performances this season so we know we can match another side who are chasing a play-off place.
“We will take confidence from the way we finished the game at Poole but the way we started was very disappointing.”
Wright, meanwhile, had a word of praise for new signing Cleveland Taylor who was handed his first start after joining on loan from Harrogate Town.
“I thought Cleveland did well, he worked hard,” Wright added.
“He is a very infectious character and his experience will be crucial for us in the remainder of the season.
“He was spurring the other lads on and even when he got frustrated he retained his composure. I am delighted he is here.”
Wright also confirmed that Aman Verma missed the game at Poole due to a hip injury he picked up in the 4-2 win at Bedford Town in midweek.