Blyth Spartans right back Alex Nicholson was honest in his assessment of his side’s comprehensive defeat at Ashton United.
Two own goals – one by Nicholson and the other by Ian Watson – and a goal from Robins striker Richard Bennett condemned Spartans to their first defeat of the season.
And the former Newcastle United academy man admitted the home team’s game plan worked to perfection.
“From the first minute they knew what they were doing,” he said.
“They hit our weak spots and fair play to them for doing that, but we just weren’t good enough.
“They were three sloppy goals, the two own goals were annoying but we have to get it out of our system.”
Spartans have another away fixture coming up on Saturday at Matlock Town.
Nicholson is urging his team-mates to use the game against Mark Atkins’ side to put the poor show against the Robins behind them.
He said: “It’s early in the season and this performance shouldn’t happen again.
“We have to look to Matlock on Saturday and ensure we improve on everything that went wrong tonight.”