Ilkeston Town boss Steve Chettle took a stoical approach after Saturday’s disappointing 3-1 defeat by Leicester Road.
Despite taking the lead in the first half through Montel Gibson, they were unable to extend their five-game unbeaten streak in league action.
Chettle was keen to highlight the strength of the opposition after the game, and acknowledge that his men were always going to lose at some point.
“They’re a good team, they’ve been in the league a few years now,” he said.
“I know the manager, they’re well drilled and organised.
“We had spoken about them before the game, we knew it would be tough.
“But all good runs have to come to an end, unfortunately it was today.”
Chettle felt the 3-1 scoreline wasn’t quite an accurate reflection of the game, but although his side improved in the second period, a slow start after the break was costly - Leicester Road taking the lead on 47 minutes.
“The scoreline is probably a little bit flattering,” he said.
“I was disappointed with the first half, funny enough I thought we were better second half but we conceded two goals.
“We did well to go ahead, halfway through the first half they scored a goal that we should stop.
“We started the second half very slowly and paid the price.”
Chettle has challenged his men to go on another unbeaten run now.
“The run is over but we go again.
“We had one loss in six, if we do the same in the next six or seven games we’ll be there or thereabouts this season.”