Rob Kelly admitted that he was frustrated by the manner of his side’s defeat at Stevenage in a game which was settled by a debatable penalty award in the final five minutes.
The caretaker boss felt like his players had put enough in to the encounter to have at least taken away a share of the spoils after Calvin Andrew scored his first goal for the Club to cancel out Elliott List’s opener.
However, Brad Barry was adjudged to have committed a foul just inside the area on 85 minutes and Luke Norris confidently drove home from twelve yards to secure the home side’s victory.
“I have said all along it’s not going to be smooth trying to get out but we’re in there fighting,” Kelly told iFollow.
“We didn’t play as well as we know we can but, after the changes we made, I thought they freshened us up, gave us a slightly little different dimension and we played better.
“We brought the first goal on ourselves, which was disappointing, but we kept in there, competing and scrapping, but ultimately we’re driving back up the motorway without anything.
“I thought we probably deserved something, and we would have got it had it not been for the penalty decision.
“I don’t think anyone in the stadium thinks it’s a penalty, apart from the referee.
“What is equally disappointing is that, respectfully, I wanted to get his view on it after the game so I told him I would wait the 30 minutes and, when I went to see him, they were all gone.
“I think that’s pretty disrespectful, not just to me, but to our Club and our players. We deserved an explanation, even if we then agree to disagree.
“We will suffer that disappointment tonight and we know we’ve got a big Easter coming up.”