Belper Town boss Charlie Palmer says he is disappointed with the ‘very poor’ goals his side conceded in their 3-2 defeat at Coalville.
The Nailers levelled twice before going behind for a third time as the Leicestershire side took all three points.
“The goals we conceded on Saturday were poor, we have been on a good run recently and improved our defensive side of the game,” said Palmer.
“The three goals we conceded were very poor from our point of view and the players who were responsible know that.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game, they came out of the traps keen and aggressive, they had the desire to win the second balls and we were a bit slow to start.
“The first 20 minutes they won everything, but my players did not buckle. They actually responded to the challenge and they realised why Coalville are at top end of the table.”
Despite the defeat, the former Derby County defender believes his side will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.
“I have learnt and my players have also learnt the benchmark for this league, no matter how good you are, you have to have the appetite and the desire to work hard,” he added.
“Lesser teams would have buckled, but my team did not buckle from their pressure in the first 20/25 minutes. If we can add that to our game we will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.”
Rob Stevenson scored arguably Belper’s goal of the season so far on Saturday, Palmer gave his thoughts on the winger.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Rob, everyone can see what a good player he is on the ball but since I have come in he has started to work without the ball. I have come into the club, put my arm around him and recognised the player he is, and whilst he is playing and enjoying his football he will always be a threat at this level.
“I look at my squad of 18 players now, some of them are going to be unhappy, but they have to understand if the club wants to keep moving in the same direction, there has to be competition for places. The players who do not want to compete can move on.”