After the disappointment of losing 3-0 at league leaders Tadcaster Albion FC on Saturday it was refreshing for the management of Heanor Town to be upbeat and positive about the performance.
Manager Glen Clarence said: “I’ve got to thank the fans that came along, it was a great away support.
“It would be unfair to say the players let the supporters down today, I really don’t think they did.
“I don’t think it is a fair result, I think we matched them and for patches we were better than them.
“Tadcaster were ruthless, it isn’t all about putting it in the back of the net. Today we didn’t manage to do that, but we also didn’t stop them doing it, we can’t fault any commitment, work rate or desire.”
First team coach Steve Huntington also praised the workrate of Heanor, but said they needed to make better choices at key moments in games.
“Tadcaster give the same things from the first to the 90th minute,” he said. “They have a set game plan and they stick to it.
“We played good stuff in patches, but we need to address the fact we don’t always do the right things at the right times. That was the difference today.
“We aren’t getting a lot of luck, Keano has hit the bar and saw one cleared off the line before Ian Deakin made a mistake, his first of the season, as Tadcaster took the lead.
“We might sound daft but with 10 minutes to go we thought we could still get a draw due to the level of performance.”
Looking ahead to the Christmas double header against Staveley, Clarence was unimpressed with their current ten game winning streak.
“As always, you have to beat the team infront of you,” he said. “I don’t care if they have won 20 on the bounce or lost 20 on the bounce.
We have to start winning the important games. Win at all cost.”