Colin Gordon accepted Kidderminster Harriers were beaten by a “well organised” Cheltenham side on Tuesday night.
After a run of three successive wins, Harriers travelled the short distance to Gloucestershire to tackle the league leaders with cautious optimism.
There certainly wasn’t a gulf between the two sides on the night – two quick-fire goals accounting for a 2-0 set-back that allowed the Robins to continue their march at the top of the table.
Harriers did their best to contest an actual football match but, speaking after the game, Colin conceded that Town’s direct nature just proved a little too much.
He praised them for playing their game so effectively but urged his team to match them on intensity levels in the future.
“They were experienced and very well organised,” he said.
“I played in teams like that when I was at Wimbledon and Swindon – they’re very direct and press very high.
“They worked hard and are very professional… they do what they do.
“As a young group, we have got to probably be able to compete with that, and then play the way we’d play.
“I think it was a shock to one or two of them because it was an intensity that we haven’t really come across this season.
“It was a great learning curve and I was proud of them anyway – we were heroic in the first half and they’ve hit us with a sucker punch right at the start of the second half.
“We were trying to change the shape and system and then got hit with the second goal… after that we passed the ball very well and looked to try and create, but Cheltenham are very good.
“Would I want to play that way? No – but who am I to criticise, I’m only five minutes in to this.
“We just have to compete with the intensity, and then show our qualities.”