Bradford Park Avenue manager Darren Edmondson said his side were missing a little bit of creativity to make large periods of pressure pay against table-toppers Solihull Moors.
His side lost 2-1 at the champions elect on Saturday, and the 44-year-old was full of credit for the runaway leaders of the National League North.
“I think the effort was there from the lads,” Edmondson said. “Everyone put a good shift in, but you can see why Solihull are the league leaders.
“They’ve got that little bit more drive and desire about them, and they’ve got something to play for.
“Aerially it was always going to be tough, and the second goal was disappointing from our point of view, but sometimes you’ve just got to put your body on the line a little bit more.
“Then after that in the second half we huffed and puffed, but I think we were missing that little bit of guile and creativity to break them down.”
Edmondson’s side came back from a goal down, hitting the bar and having one cleared off the line before Richard Marshall levelled from the penalty spot, and the new boss was impressed with the fight his team showed.
“They showed great determination and spirit,” he said. “But you don’t always win games like that.
“You’ve got to have that little bit more quality, that little bit more guile around the penalty area.
“The last 10 minutes when they sat really deep, we went too route one rather than playing it and getting wide and getting balls in from good areas.
“But the players are learning, and that is sometimes the case when you’re at this level, you tend to hit diagonals and sometimes it doesn’t always work.
“Let’s give Solihull some credit though they defended brilliantly in the second half, we had them under the cosh for large parts of the game.
“It is a difficult one to take, but we’ll give some credit to what probably will be the league champions.”
Bradford face the second of their four-game run of away matches with a long trip to Worcester on Tuesday, and Edmondson says his side will use Saturday’s result as something to react to.
“Well we’ll see where we are set-up wise, see how everyone is when they report back to us, and look to bounce back,” the Avenue manager said.
“Good teams can react quickly to disappointment and turn that back into a positive.
“So we’ve got to make sure we start a lot better, we were very sloppy in the first 10 minutes against Solihull and that enabled them to get the lead.
“We’ve got to be on the front foot against Worcester, they’re in the same area of the table as us, so we’ve got to be positive in what we do and take the game to them.”