Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law refused to be too downbeat after seeing his side succumb to their second heaviest home defeat of the season, a 4-1 reverse against relegation-fighting Aldershot Town on Tuesday night.
The Reds boss reflected: “It was two teams with different scenarios. One wanted the points to get into the play-offs, the other wanted the points to stay up.
“If I’m honest, if I say they wanted it more than us that might be a little bit harsh, because I do believe our players do want it.
“To give them (Aldershot) some credit, they’ve come here and shown that they are a good side, I’m sure they wouldn’t be where they are if they played like that every week.
“We’ve let good players play. We’ve given a poor first goal away, the second one’s disappointing but to be fair, it’s a good ball in, a good run and the lad scores.
“We came in at half-time and came back out and I think we got a reaction. We scored a good goal to get back in it and honestly I thought having looked at the reaction of their lads, they thought ‘here we go again’.
“And I honestly do believe that if we’d held on for five minutes we’d have gone on to win the game, I really, really do. But within 30 seconds, we’ve gone down and given away a bad goal at a bad time.
“We’ve given ourselves a lift and then within 20-30 seconds it’s the reverse again. And then it’s hard to come back from that. The fourth goal summed that up really, some poor defending.”
The defeat leaves the Reds one point outside of the play off places having played a game more than most of their rivals.
Law is hopeful his side can bounce back from this defeat when they travel to Surrey on Saturday to take on the division’s in-form side Woking, who are chasing the play-offs.