Neil Aspin conceded FC Halifax Town weren’t good enough after watching his side lose 2-1 at Southport.
As it turned out, Braintree’s draw at Barnet in yesterday’s tea-time kick-off meant Town have all but secured a play-off place, having three points and a better goal difference over Braintree.
But Aspin was frustrated to see his team’s run of nine wins from their last 10 games brought to a halt after two second-half goals cancelled out Lee Gregory’s 31st goal of the season after five minutes.
He said: “I’m disappointed because it’s been a fantastic run and you want it to go on for as long as possible.
“It would have been marvellous to secure our place in the play-offs here.
“Instead of standing here moaning about how we played I thought Southport played well, put us under pressure.
“They had more tempo and energy to their game, created more chances, so from that perspective I can’t really stand here and say we’ve been unfortunate.
“And it was a fantastic winning goal that you’re not going to hit every day.
“Over the 90 minutes it wasn’t a good enough performance to secure the point we needed.”
Aspin said his side failed to build on Gregory’s opener, with Southport building up some concerted pressure before scoring twice in 10 second-half minutes.
He said: “In the first-half we didn’t pass the ball at all, every time we got it we gave it back to Southport and that increased the pressure on us.
“In the run we’ve had I can’t remember the goal coming under as much pressure as it has done at times today.
“Today was a hard-fought game but we haven’t been good enough, that’s the top and bottom of it.”
Nearly 1,000 Town fans made the journey, and Aspin said he was disappointed not to have got a result for the team’s supporters.
He said: “Our away support has been fantastic and I’m disappointed for them.
“I’m always disappointed when you get supporters travelling and you don’t get a result, but overall the players have done them proud.”