Ashington FC’s assistant manager Lee Anderson was philosophical after watching the Colliers go down 3-2 against Jarrow Roofing on Saturday.
The defeat brought to an end an impressive run of six league games unbeaten.
But Anderson remained upbeat and insisted that they did not deserve to lose the clash.
The Roofers edged the Colliers thanks to goals from Calvin Smith, Chris Winn and Kris Hughes.
“We didn’t start particularly well at the beginning of the first half and conceded early,” he said.
“However, on a tricky surface, the lads got back into the game really well and in the latter part of the half we were in the ascendancy and didn’t want the period to end.
“They tried to get the ball down and play and deserved the equaliser through Dan O’Reilly.”
Ashington-born Anderson, who in his playing career was a long serving full back at the club, added: “The second half was similar to the first. Again we didn’t start well but we came back strong and deserved to level but I think the lads got caught up in the excitement, had no time to get settled and conceded a third goal more or less straight away.
“The game was so full on, but we had an excellent chance to tie things up for a third time.
“David Dormand’s body movement was top class as he turned away from his marker and an opportunity opened up for him until the home keeper made a good save.”
The 45-year-old continued: “Jarrow are a good side and deserve some credit for battling out the win.
“It hurts me when we lose but I thought we got beat despite showing a bit of bravery.
“There’s a certain way to lose and as long as the lads give of their best and give everything in order to try and win then I’m happy to accept the outcome.
“They have been top drawer and this is one of the best dressing rooms I have been involved in, but the bottom line is if you give three goals away you cannot expect to win many games of football.”
Anderson added that enjoyment remains a key factor.
“We have a free midweek before taking on Consett at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday,” he said.
“We will be looking to get back to where we have been of late by working hard and if we graft and scrap, we are more than a handful for any team in this division.
“We have got some quality players at the club and the key word is enjoyment because if they are enjoying their football you get a performance from them.”