Hemel Town manager Dean Brennan was quick to praise the effort shown by his side following their 1-0 home defeat to Maidstone United on Tuesday night.
The Tudors conceded what proved to be the winning goal shortly after half-time, and despite some late pressure, Maidstone saw out the win relatively comfortably.
“We weren’t frustrated if I’m being honest – they are a good side with fantastic support,” said Brennan. “They’ve come here with a game-plan and managed to get themselves a goal at the start of the second half.
“I think our players have given everything, so full credit to them – they’ve worked their socks off so I’m not disappointed with them at all.
“Our energy was fantastic and we moved the ball really well at times; we’ve dominated possession but they’ve sat in and defended well to come away with the points. Full credit to them.”
Brennan felt that his side had done enough to earn something from the game, but conceded that there was perhaps a lack of quality in the final third.
I think our players have given everything, so full credit to them – they’ve worked their socks off so I’m not disappointed with them at all.Hemel Town FC manager Dean Brennan
He continued: “We’ve had a few chances in the first half and should have done better but our quality wasn’t fully there, and that’s how it goes at this level – if you’re not on your game at this level, you won’t win games of football. It’s that simple.
“It wasn’t as if we didn’t have a go at them; they’ve made some great blocks at the end so full credit to the opposition. Sometimes you’ve just got to hold your hands up and say that they have defended really well – they are a very good side.”
Hemel have been hit by a raft of injuries at the start of the season, but Brennan was not looking to use that as an excuse for the defeat.
“We’ve got players out and everyone knows how stretched the squad is but we’ve done really well over the first four games and I’m not disappointed with any of the performances,” he said.
“Ideally you’d like to be able to select your best players, but sometimes that just doesn’t happen.
“We will work on it on Thursday and move on to the next game – there’s nothing else we can do about it now.”