Neil Aspin conceded his FC Halifax Town side lost to the better team as they were beaten 2-0 at Kidderminster.
Town’s search for an away win was prolonged thanks to goals in each half from Michael Gash and Joe Lolley.
Matt Pearson brought two fine saves from Nathan Vaughan in the Kidderminster goal but the visitors rarely threatened against a strong looking Harriers side.
The Shay boss said he was impressed with former Town player Steve Burr’s team and admitted they deserved the victory on the night.
He said: “I thought Kidderminster were sharper to the ball in the first 20 minutes, they had a threat down the left flank where they got in a few times.
“They started better than us and I’d have to say over the 90 minutes they were the better team.
“There are times when you play teams that if they’re better than you, you have to give them credit and I thought they played some good football tonight and looked a good team.
“We created a couple of good opportunities towards the end of the first-half with a bit of good play.
“We didn’t fold as a team, which would have been easy after conceding the first goal to maybe concede a couple more, but we hung in there.
“The players have got character and as long as they keep giving their all then that’s all you can ask for.
“Players have come from work, travelled a long way and then played football - it’s not easy but I’m not making excuses.
“I said at the start of the season that it’s a tough league and I’m not here to make excuses.
“We know what league we’re in and we’ve got to keep going and try and pick up points.”
Lolley’s effectively ended the game as a contest just before the hour mark with a sensational strike from the corner of the box.
Aspin had nothing but praise for the goal and said it helped put the result beyond doubt.
He added: “The second goal and the quality of it was a real kick in the teeth and gave them the extra cushion.
“It was a fantastic strike and a goal to grace any game.
“He’s come in off the line onto his other foot so it’s hard to close him down and it’s just a great strike, so you’ve got to hold your hands up and say it was a fantastic goal.”