Paul Robinson has called on his Blyth Spartans teammates to react positively to Saturday's 3-0 defeat at FC United of Manchester, when, he confesses, his side had their “pants pulled down.”
The Croft Park club lost to goals from Tom Davies, Greg Daniels and Tom Greaves, while Dean Stott missed a penalty for the Rebels.
They replace Blyth in the last Evo-Stik Premier play-off position, but Tom Wade’s men remain sixth and Robinson believes that is more than might have been asked for at the start of the campaign.
“We got our pants pulled down a bit, didn’t we?” said Robinson.
“They were good and we struggled to get out of our half at times. They will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.
“I think we maybe went a bit direct too soon and we needed people to be brave and get on the ball and make things happen. We just have to move on to a big home game next week against Marine.
“We just have to take today on the chin and it shows how far we still have to go.
“We can’t get too down about our defeats and, by the same token, we can’t over-celebrate our wins. It’s all about showing a reaction now.
“The lads have done fantastically well to get into the position we are in.
“Everyone at the club would have taken that at the start of the season.”