Tommy Wright felt Harrogate Town “wanted it more” than his Corby Town side as they were on the end of a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Steel Park.
Having claimed a fine 3-2 success at Stalybridge Celtic last Tuesday, the Steelmen were brought back down to earth with a bump as the visitors maintained their top-five position in the Vanarama National League North,
The result never looked in doubt after Jerry Yates had given Harrogate a first-half lead and he add the third after the break with Luke Shiels scoring in between.
And Wright was left questioning the physical capabilities of some of his players after his team slipped back down to 19th place in the table.
“For 30 minutes we were in a game of football, we looked like we were standing toe-to-toe with them,” the Steelmen boss said.
“But they have scored the goal and we said to the boys at half-time that it looked like they were just happy with being 1-0 down and we needed more.
“And then I don’t think we have turned up in the second half. We have not really tested their goalkeeper, we haven’t anticipated any knockdowns and they were first to second balls all day.
“They set up with a gameplan and they stuck to it. You can see the quality and that’s why they are at that end of the table.
“The game was won because they wanted it more. Their determination and how resilient they were won the game for them.
“Football is a physical game, it’s part and parcel of it.
“We only have the lads two evenings a week so Clarkey (assistant-manager Dave Clarke) will preach to them all the time that you have to have a bit of personal pride and put the hours in at the gym.
“Some do and I think it clearly shows that not enough are.
“These lads they are coming up against are seasoned pros. That’s why they are at Harrogate. “It’s a big club and they are paid top money. They bring good players to their club and they are there for a reason.”
Corby take a break from the league action next weekend, as they host National League North rivals Tamworth in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.
And Wright insists he will be looking for his team to correct what went wrong against Harrogate,
“It’s another tough game of football that means a great deal to the fans,” he added.
“At the moment, we need any game of football to correct the previous result.
“For 35 minutes in the second half we threw in the towel and that was us three or four weeks ago. That was a disappointing one for me.
“It’s a big game again next Saturday. It’s cup football. Can we go on a little run in the Trophy? Can we finish as high as possible in the league? Is that success this year? I think a lot of people would take it.
“So we need to go and put on a show next week.”