Worksop Town boss Kyle Jordan admits leaders Leek Town were the better side
Realistic Worksop Town manager Kyle Jordan said he did not want Saturday's 3-0 defeat at league leaders Leek Town to affect the Tigers' recent progress.
Worksop trailed 2-0 at half-time to goals from Rob Stevenson and Tim Grice in the 13th and 24th minutes.
Grice then secured victory with his second nine minutes into the second period, while keeper Dave Reay made several fine saves to prevent further goals.
Jordan admitted: "Only one team has come here and got anything so far this year and you could see why. They moved the ball brilliantly.
"The two centre forwards are lively and the wingers are lively. You can see why they are up there and the league table doesn't lie.
"They are a very good side, experienced and fit. They press and don't give you a second on the ball.
"They were the better side. It is no disrespect to our players but they have better players and will be hard to peg back at the top of the table.
"It is not easy to accept defeat, but I don't want games like this, where we are playing against teams we are possibly going to struggle to compete with, to affect what we do against the teams around us.
"We have made a lot of progress over the last two or three weeks and I don't want it (the defeat) to affect that."
Despite being well-beaten, Jordan said his side helped the hosts with the goals.
"The frustrating thing is that all three goals were from individual errors," he added.
"We came to be a little reserved and let them have it at the back and invite them on. It should have worked but we were a little ill disciplined, got dragged out, went to 1-0 and suddenly we were chasing the game already.
"We gave the ball away a little bit too much and weren't great on the ball - we have been in recent games.
"I am a little disappointed by the quality but we were playing against a very good, fit and well organised side. It is difficult to play against those sort of teams.
"I can't knock the boys' effort, it was just the (lack of) quality at times... on the ball and in making decisions such as when to commit.
“That’s a huge part of our game – the error that led to the first goal, we would have got away with last year. Today it was 1-0 after 10 minutes and then we faced an uphill task.”