Tommy Wright cut a frustrated figure after his Corby Town side slumped to another home defeat as they were beaten 5-3 by fellow strugglers Lowestoft Town on Bank Holiday Monday.
Going into the game on the back of a 2-1 success at Brackley Town on Boxing Day, the Steelmen started impressively and led in the first half thanks to Greg Mills and a first goal for the club for Massiah McDonald.
But, having drawn level before the break, Lowestoft scored twice in the space of three minutes early in the second period to put themselves in control.
Mills’ late penalty proved to be only a consolation as the visitors rounded things off with an even later spot-kick of their own.
The defeat has left the Steelmen second-from-bottom in the Vanarama National League North going into the new year as they now prepare for the reverse fixture with Brackley at Steel Park on Saturday.
The Steelmen boss said: “Frustrating seems to be a very key word in our season at the minute. That’s how I feel because I know what the boys are capable of.
“For half-an-hour we were playing unbelievable football and our front three were causing Lowestoft lots of problems.
“But we keep conceding goals at crucial times and they are so preventable that it’s frightening.
“You set a team up to be compact and disciplined but we are talking about conceding another five goals at Steel Park when we have scored three and lost a game.
“We can’t keep doing this to ourselves. I would love to go through the goals and see the reasons why players aren’t where they should be. The goals we conceded shouldn’t have happened.
“We went into it with our captain (Cleveland Taylor) unavailable, Sam Downey was injured and Ben O’Hanlon hasn’t made it so there’s three players.
“Add to that the fact Paul Malone was only fit enough for the bench and Clayton McDonald has to be withdrawn at half-time and a lot of things have gone against us.
“But they are all ‘what ifs’. I am not going to go down the line of this is why we have conceded five goals because it’s not.”
Wright confirmed Taylor will be back for Saturday’s clash while Downey and O’Hanlon, who should have his loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers extended this week, are also expected to be fit.
And he admitted one of the big positives from yesterday’s defeat was the return of striker Spencer Weir-Daley after a hip injury.
“The positive is that we welcomed Spencer back to the team and he was lively in the first half,” Wright added.
“I think he was always going to tire towards the end, which he did but you always think he is capable of scoring a goal.
“I am confident others will be coming back into the squad for the weekend.”