Andy Peaks delivered an honest assessment after AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ unbeaten start to the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central season was ended by a 1-0 defeat at Godalming Town.
A second-half strike from Louis Hutton settled the match as both sides finished with 10 men, Liam Dolman receiving a straight red card for Diamonds.
The loss saw Diamonds drop to seventh in the table and they are now five points behind leaders St Ives Town ahead of Wednesday night’s trip to Aylesbury United.
And Peaks was typically up front about his team’s performance, although he insists the defeat was another “learning curve” for his side.
“It was one of those games that we just didn’t perform well enough in and it was settled by a good strike from their lad,” Peaks said.
“We controlled the game without playing particularly well, we had a lot of possession but didn’t do enough to hurt them.
“We just didn’t play well, full stop. They weren’t much better than us but they got bodies behind the ball and made it very difficult for us.
“I didn’t expect us to go there just walk all over them. I never expect that in any away game.
“You start with a point and I always hope that we can at least hold on to that.
“We were under no illusions that we would go through the whole season unbeaten. You will always have setbacks and it’s about how you react.
“Godalming aren’t a bad side and, like I said in the build-up, they have probably underachieved this season.
“We were not good enough. It’s another learning curve for us in this league and now we have to put it behind us and move on.”