Durham City boss Chris Moore was left frustrated in the wake of Saturday’s 3-2 defeat by his former club Ashington.
He believed his side were worthy of some reward.
“I was disappointed because I thought we deserved to get something out of the game,” he said.
“A lot of people watching would probably have written us off at half-time as we were 1-0 down then had to kick against the wind in the second period.
“They would think Ashington would go on to add more, but we had a lot of possession and were good on the ball and limited their chances.
“We got back into the game and had opportunities ourselves, then after the excitement of our second equaliser we got punished because we didn’t switch back on.”
Moore believed ‘lady luck’ was certainly not with the Citizens.
“Not taking anything away from Ashington, but their goals were really frustrating,” he added.
“The first was a bit weird, the second was an own goal and the third came straight from the kick-off after our leveller, which has taken a deflection and gone in.
“Getting back to 2-2, I thought if any team was going to win it, it would be us as we had as much control of the game as you can under those conditions.
“After losing, though, it’s hard to tell the lads that they are on the right track, but they just need to believe it.”
The 32-year-old, who took up his first managerial post with Durham in December, has initially ‘hung up his boots’ in order to focus on matters from the dugout.
He said: “I like playing but I don’t think you can do both jobs really well.
“I will play when and if I need too because I feel I would be doing the manager’s job an injustice if I was on the field.
“I’m enjoying the new role and the recent break gave us a good chance to sort things out in training sessions.”
Moore, whose side are sixth from bottom of the Ebac Northern League’s first division, is adamant his squad can move up the table and secure their status by the end of the campaign.
“I have got every confidence that lads can make our position safe,” he said.
“We’ve had a couple of games, like today against Ashington, where we have deserved something from the game and we need to turn the good performances into victories.
“We got a couple of goals today which will lift the lads and if they keep the same attitude, the football will almost take care of itself.
“We are playing well and doing things right will win us games.”