Eddie Johnson conceded Corby Town gave away “soft goals” as they were condemned to a sixth defeat in a row in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.
The managerless Steelmen, who parted company with Tommy Wright last weekend, remain rooted to the foot of the table after they went down 2-0 at Mickleover Sports.
Corby, who were not helped by losing midfielder Ben Milnes to an first-half injury, now have a crucial week in front of them as they entertain fellow strugglers Frickley Athletic on Wednesday night before taking on Nantwich Town at Steel Park next weekend.
And while the search for a new permanent boss goes on, caretaker-boss Johnson, who was Wright’s assistant, knows they have to put an end to their dreadful run of form.
“It was very disappointing, we gave soft goals away,” the caretaker-manager said.
“The lads worked hard but some did find it difficult and, after conceding a couple of soft goals, because of the form we are in and the fact we have a young team, the heads dropped a bit. But I am not going to criticise them, I believe they are giving it their best.
“It’s not easy at the moment but all we can do is try to knuckle down and make sure we are ready for a very important game on Wednesday night.
“There are still plenty of games left in this season but we have got to stop this run as soon as possible.
“Frickley are another team who have struggled a bit. They are four points ahead of us and we don’t want that gap to get any bigger.”
Johnson is set to remain in charge for Wednesday’s clash with Frickley and he insists while he is in the position, he will do what he can to try to change Corby’s fortunes.
“While I am here, I am going to give it my best,” Johnson added.
“At this moment in time, as far as I am aware, I am here and taking the game on Wednesday.
“I believe the club are going through the applications they have received.
“All I and the players can do is keep working hard and do our best to try to stop this run.”