Neil Aspin said FC Halifax Town came up against a good Braintree team after the two promotion-chasers played out a 0-0 draw at the Shay on Thursday.
Town were stopped from scoring at home in the league for the first time this season as they extended their unbeaten run to six games.
Aspin admitted his Town side didn’t reach the heights of their impressive recent wins over Alfreton and Luton, but credited Braintree for a determined display.
He said: “When you have three games on the spin at home sometimes you don’t always get the performance you want.
“After the first two games we certainly didn’t play as well tonight. But if you’d said we’d get four points out of Luton and Braintree I’d have taken it.
“But I’m not going to be like other managers who don’t give the opposition credit because I can’t speak more highly of Braintree.
“They played well at Gateshead on Saturday, then I watched them at Southport on Tuesday and I thought they were excellent.
“Again tonight their work-rate was tremendous.
“I’m not going to talk negatively about ourselves, I’m going to give Braintree a lot of credit and say they thoroughly deserved what they got.”
Aspin was pragmatic about Town’s first home league shut-out of the campaign and praised his side’s overall record at the Shay, with only leaders Luton winning as many games and losing as few on their own patch.
The Town boss said: “It’s been a tremendous run at home and now it’s come to an end.
“But it’s a good time to start again and we’re still in there fighting.
“We’ve got to keep going every game and give our best.
“The crowd did their best, it was a good support tonight.
“It’s a shame we’ve not produced a lot for them to cheer but overall at home we’ve done really well.
“I think we’ve lost one in 21 games which is a fantastic return but if we’re going to get into the play-offs we need to be winning the home games.”
Aspin said it was crucial Town didn’t lose to Braintree and remained upbeat about his team’s play-off chances.
He said: “You’re always disappointed when you don’t win at home but it was important not to lose.
“If they’d have got the three points it would really have given them a lift and with a game in hand it would have been difficult.
“I want to be positive. We know we’ve got a tough game at Nuneaton but we’ve got to raise our levels and go again on Saturday.
“It’s still all to play for. We can’t be too despondent because we’ve had a good return from the last six games.”