Tommy Wright conceded Warrington Town “did a number” on his Corby Town side as they slipped to a fifth successive away defeat in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.
The Steelmen went 2-0 down in the north-west and, despite pulling a goal back through Andre Johnson, they were unable to find an equaliser.
It means Wright’s team remain fourth from bottom in the table after 10 games.
And the manager admitted his team learned few lessons following their 1-0 loss at leaders Buxton last Tuesday.
“We didn’t learn any lessons from Tuesday’s defeat,” he said.
“We gifted them a sloppy goal and the second one was even worse because their lad has waltzed in there and then scuffed his shot and it has crept over the line, it was a really poor goal to concede.
“The lads have given themselves a chance late on but once it went to 2-0, Warrington did a really good job of killing the game.
“They took their time over substitutions, throw-ins and free-kicks.
“They did a professional job and did a real number on us. They played percentage football and did what they had to do to win the game.”
New signing Roger Lee made his debut as a second-half substitute and he could have a key role to play in the coming weeks.
Duran Martin is now heading off for international duty with Antigua who will play Caribbean Cup fixtures against Curacao and Puerto Rico over the next week.
And the Steelmen were without Reece Webb (Achilles) yesterday while Ben Milnes was only fit enough to be amongst the substitutes.
“Roger is a good, honest and experienced player,” Wright added.
“He came on and put himself about, which was good to see.
“I felt Danny Draper deserved a start but we had Ben Milnes only fit enough for the bench and Reece Webb missed out completely.
“We have now got Duran Martin going away on international duty so we will have to look at that midfield area carefully.”