Steve Kinniburgh admitted Corby Town endured “a bad day at the office” after their winning streak came to an end in a 3-0 defeat at Frickley Athletic.
The Steelmen were going in search of a seventh win in a row in the Evo-Stik League South but ended up being well beaten in Yorkshire as they dropped to sixth in the table with Frickley leapfrogging them.
It was a rare setback for caretaker-manager Kinniburgh and he had few complaints.
“We will put that one down to a bad day at the office,” he said.
“We haven’t had many of them recently, which probably makes it twice as a hard to take when one comes along.
“There can be no arguments. Frickley thoroughly deserved it.
“We were lucky to only be 1-0 down at half-time but we were a bit brighter in the second half and we should have had an equaliser after two really good chances.
“But we got caught on the ball in the midfield on two occasions and that cost us.
“I don’t think any of our players could walk off the pitch and say they were at their best, unfortunately, as a team we were not at the races.”
Kinniburgh is now determined to rally the troops over the next few days as Corby face another of the high-fliers next weekend when Cleethorpes Town come to Steel Park.
And the caretaker-boss is confident the Steelmen will react in a positive manner.
“It’s an important week for us now and I am looking forward to seeing how the boys react after being well beaten,” he added.
“We have got to bounce back and we will be working hard on Tuesday and Thursday to make sure that happens.
“We bounced back well after the FA Trophy defeat at St Neots. I have a lot of faith and belief in this squad and I am sure we will come back strongly.”