Heanor Town boss Glen Clarence believes his players deserve credit for how they’ve fared so far this season.
The Lions were beaten 2-1 by league leaders Coleshill Town on Saturday, conceding a late goal having looked good for an impressive point.
Despite the bitter disappointment of the 91st minute goal, bundled home by Matthew Gardner, Clarence was adamant his men should be proud of themselves.
“We’ve tried to say in the changing room afterwards that we’re disappointed, to concede late on after you’ve defended so well, that’s going to knock you,” he said.
“But like I’ve said, we were written off before we kicked a ball.
“Credit to the lads for how well they’ve done up to date in the season, credit to the lads for how well they did (on Saturday), we weren’t disgraced.
“They’ve got to take praise and hold their heads high.
“We’ve lost in the last minute to the bottom of the league, we’ve lost in the last minute to the top of the league.”
Ninth-placed Heanor host Highgate United this Saturday, a side two points behind them in 12th position in the Midland Football League Premier.
Highgate are coming off the back of a 3-1 win over Coventry Phoenix, that result capping a fine September that saw them win five of their six outings.
After a five-game winning streak in August, Heanor failed to pick up a victory last month.
Clarence acknowledges his side will be feeling low after the stoppage time goal conceded last weekend, but wants them to move on and focus on this Saturday’s test.
“We’ll train midweek and we’ve got to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and onto the next one,” he said.
“If it didn’t hurt they shouldn’t be playing.
“They’re more disappointed that we’ve conceded late on after doing so well.”