Reaction from Stamford AFC manager Graham Drury after his side lose to Chasetown
Manager Graham Drury bemoaned his side conceding three 'sloppy' goals as Stamford were beaten by Chasetown on Tuesday night.
It was Stamford's second Northern Premier League Midlands Division defeat in three games and they have now lost twice at the Zeeco Stadium this season.
The Daniels conceded three times in 10 minutes during the opening period and have dropped down to sixth spot after losing to the Scholars who have moved up to fourth place after maintaining their unbeaten away record.
Stamford did reduce the deficit on the stroke of half-time through a Harry Vince penalty but were unable to breach the Chasetown defence again.
Boss Drury said: "You can't give three goals away like we have done against a good side like Chasetown.
"We know that will be in the top five come the end of the season because they're physically big, strong and look an organised side but the three goals that we have given away were shocking.
"We weren't looking at our man for the first one from a corner which is a poor goal to give away because we're usually good at defending setpieces.
"The second has just drifted through six players and it's only clever runs across the men to create the space and we've all just emptied.
"The third was then the killer and the end of the game when we were caught playing out from the back.
"If we had got the penalty to make it 2-1 at half-time, we could have regrouped and reshaped and do whatever we needed to do.
"We have huffed and puffed in the second half. We have got in good areas but our final pass has been so sloppy all over the pitch.
"We have either had too many touches or gone sideways for them to organise behind the ball and it was a perfect away performance from them.
"We gave them a three-goal lead and really allowed them to come and control the game by not having to do too much.
"We had a go in the second half, changed shape twice, but we haven't worked the keeper.
"The real frustrating thing is that we're at home and have conceded three sloppy goals.
"We have allowed them to have possession of the ball and put it in dangerous areas where they have got the goals from it."
Stamford handed a debut in the second half to new signing Michael Frew.
The former King's Lynn, Wisbech and Yaxley striker has been recruited to bolster Stamford's attacking options with Tom Siddons, James Hicks and Jack Duffy all currently sidelined through injury.
Drury explained: "We have only got one striker at the moment and Cameron Johnson has got a bit of a struggle with his knee so I could't afford to go into an FA Cup tie on Saturday with a situation like that.
"We want Tendai and Cosmos playing wide so we don't lose that threat so it was important that we acted quickly with someone who wasn't cup-tied.
"He will be good for the young lads as well and will give us a different dimension because he's an intelligent player who gets hold of the ball and you can play off him."
Stamford travel to National League North side AFC Telford on Saturday in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.