Blyth Spartans boss Tom Wade criticised his side’s defending in their 4-3 win over Stamford at Croft Park on Saturday.
He believed his table topping side should have won the game comfortably.
“We’ve got to stop giving away stupid goals,” he said after the seven-goal contest.
“Their goals were down to three bits of unbelievably bad defending.
“We have to stop allowing the opposition to get such stupid goals.
“Against really good sides we will struggle unless we put this right. It’s a mental thing and something we have to get out of our system.
“I thought Stamford were a forceful team and we scored four sensational goals, but we shouldn’t have to rely on spectacular efforts.
“We missed tap-ins and loads of straightforward chances, and should have won the game comfortably.
“No doubt it was a really exciting game for the crowd to watch, but for us on the management side it was pretty poor.
“However we’ll work on our game and we’ll get better.”