Boss Jimmy Albans says he was left disappointed by Belper Town’s lack of first half desire during their defeat at home to Ramsbottom United.
Michael Towey scored an equaliser for Belper with four minutes remaining, before McDermott stole the show with a goal just two minutes later to snatch the points for the visitors.
“I think if we’d have started the first half like we did the second half then we would have had a chance of getting something out of the game,” said Albans.
“Again it is another scenario where we’ve only turned up for 45 minutes.
“They were by far the better side in the first half and they controlled the game, picking up every first ball and second ball and they hurt us at times.
“We sat down and had a good chat at half time and we came out a different side for the second half.”
Albans believes his side had brief hope of winning the game after scoring the equaliser but a lack of discipline cost them the game.
“We were only back in the game for about thirty seconds so we didn’t give ourselves much chance, but certainly for those brief thirty seconds we genuinely believed we could go on and win the game,” he added.
Phil Watt and Laurie Wilson were suspended and unavailable for selection, and Albans claims his side missed the quality that those two players bring.
“Any team in this league would be poorer without Watt and Wilson.
“That is no disrespect to the other players that came in and played, but those two players have a lot of quality and they certainly would have boosted our chances today if they were available.”
“Our biggest problem today was us thinking that we could beat them just because Ramsbottom have played three times already this week, but a lack of effort will always come back to haunt you and it sadly has done today.”
The Nailers travel to Nantwich on Saturday and Albans will be hoping he can record his first victory before the season is over.