Andy Peaks was far from downbeat after AFC Rushden & Diamonds suffered a second defeat in a row last night (Tuesday).
Diamonds went down 2-0 at title-chasing Witton Albion to round off a few tough days after they had been beaten 2-1 at Market Drayton Town last weekend.
The setbacks have left Peaks’ team a point and a place off the play-off positions in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South, although they still have two games in hand on fifth-placed Basford United.
Diamonds conceded an early goal last night with Steve Tames opening the scoring before Anthony Brown headed home the second with 20 minutes to go.
But the manager refused to be too critical of his players after they turned in another decent display.
“I thought we played well, the performance was quite pleasing,” Peaks said.
“I know I am beginning to sound like a broken record but the performance was good and the game was not dissimilar to the home match with them.
“The goals we have given away have come from mistakes but I thought we matched them for long spells of the game.
“The effort and work-rate from the players was good so I am finding it hard to find many negatives aside, of course, from the result.
“They are right up there for a reason but I am not going to beat myself up over it.
“We will draw a line under it and look forward to Saturday, which is a big game for us now.”
Diamonds take on struggling Northwich Victoria at the Dog & Duck this weekend.