Tommy Wright remained in an upbeat mood despite Corby Town’s problems at the wrong end of the Vanarama National League North table continuing with a 3-0 defeat at Chorley.
Three first-half goals proved to be decisive at Victory Park while the Steelmen finished the game with 10 men when Ben Milnes was sent off for two bookable offences in the second period.
Little changed at the bottom of the table as the teams immediately above Corby (Brackley and Hednesford) also lost.
Wright admitted the goals his team conceded were “preventable” but he insists the Steelmen players are “fighting” to get themselves out of trouble.
“All three goals were really preventable and they shouldn’t have happened from our point of view because they have come from individual errors,” the Corby boss said.
“It’s strange because our two centre-halves (Duane Courtney and Edi Appleton) haven’t put a foot wrong and they are on the receiving end of a 3-0 defeat.
“But we fought back in the second half and three or four weeks ago we would have caved in.
“We set the team up to win the game. We played 4-3-3 and it just didn’t quite work for us.
“There were turning points in the game and I thought one of their players could have walked when Cleveland Taylor was brought down and we had a goal disallowed when I wasn’t convinced it was offside.
“The players created some game-changing moments that didn’t go our way this time but it gives me belief that we can do it.
“The boys are digging in and fighting and that was the case even after we went down to 10 men. The whole changing-room seems so much better than it was three or four weeks ago.”
Wright, meanwhile, confirmed central defender Clayton McDonald has now returned to league rivals Worcester City after his three-month loan was ended a week early.
McDonald wasn’t involved at Chorley and Wright added: “Clayton’s loan is up and I knew I would be going into this game with a 4-3-3 formation and that he would be on the bench.
“But we already had Molly (Paul Malone) on the bench and I was never going to have two centre-halves on there.
“Moving forward, we were not going to renew Clayton’s loan so he has gone back to Worcester.”
The Steelmen’s next game is against Worcester at Kidderminster Harriers’ Aggborough home next Saturday.