Chris Plummer was furious with the mistakes Corby Town made as they stayed in the thick of the battle for survival in the Blue Square Bet North.
The Steelmen, playing their fourth game in seven days, suffered a disastrous first 20 minutes against Workington at Steel Park as they went 2-0 down while also having Lewis Webb sent-off.
It was a spell they were unable to recover fully from as Workington ran out 3-1 winners after Paul Malone had pulled a goal back.
Plummer admitted his team were “leggy” after a heavy schedule but another defeat has left the Steelmen looking over their shoulder as Colwyn Bay beat Gainsborough Trinity to move to within six points of Corby who are just above the relegation zone.
“We are disappointed because we have made two mistakes early in the game and then it was compounded by the sending-off. It was an uphill battle from there,” Plummer said.
“We knew it was going to be tough. Obviously we knew the lads would be leggy after playing on Thursday night and anyone in the stadium would have seen that they were heavy-legged and we didn’t have the players available to enable us to shuffle the pack.
“But we are very disappointed with the result, the mistakes are costing us at the moment.
“We have had an own-goal and then there has been a header back to the goalkeeper that didn’t have enough on it. Those were individual mistakes and we have had quite a lot of those.
“And the third goal was a mix-up over a throw-in - very basic stuff. Some of the goals we have conceded in recent weeks have been very, very poor and it will always be difficult if you keep giving teams goals.”
Plummer, meanwhile, insists all of the Corby players are aware of the seriousness of the situation the club finds itself in.
He added: “Everybody is aware of the situation. Sometimes you can go out there and you want to win so badly that you make mistakes.
“We are trying to keep things buoyant and keep it positive but the players are well aware of the situation.
“They are a good, honest bunch, the majority of them. We have had one two issues during the season, which will stay in the dressing-room but they are good lads.
“But they are going through this for the first time together and they have a tendency to be nervy and we certainly saw that against Hinckley and again against Workington.
“It only seems to be against one of the bigger clubs or when we go a goal or two down that we relax and start to play. But you can’t give sides 2-0 leads and we have found that out to our cost again.”