AFC Telford United manager Gavin Cowan expressed his disappointment at his team’s defeat at Darlington on Saturday – but also backed his players to respond, report The Shropshire Star.

The Bucks saw their unbeaten run go south after travelling north to Darlington, losing 3-0 to record a first defeat of the season, writes Richard Worton.

Cowan admitted afterwards the players were unlikely to enjoy their long journey home, and felt that, on the day, their ‘attitude and application’ had not matched their opponents.

“I take responsibility myself, maybe I’ve praised them too much and they’ve received too much adulation and thought they were going to come here and roll over a team that haven’t been doing well,” he said.

“If you’re going to do well this season, at any level, you can’t underestimate any team.”

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