Aylesbury United assistant manager Glyn Creaser felt his side deserved at least a point from last week’s 4-3 defeat to local rivals Aylesbury FC.
In a topsy-turvy local derby on New Year’s Day, the Ducks trailed 2-0 at half-time but second half goals from John Mulholland, Stacey Field and captain Jack Wood brought United level at 3-3, only for Brian Haule to bag a late winner.
The result keeps United 12th in Division One Central of the Southern League.
With manager Tony Joyce unavailable for comment after the match, assistant Creaser said: “I’m disappointed with the result, and I know all the players are because it was a massive game for the club.
“The lads worked extremely hard in the second half and I thought we deserved to get something out of the game.
“One of the most disappointing things was the manner of the goals we conceded. There was a bit of naivety there and they were sloppy goals and we got punished.
“If I can say after the game to the players that two or three of the goals were scored through quality it’s slightly easier to swallow, but when it’s mistakes that let the other guys score, it is disappointing.
“We have a talented squad of players. Sometimes you have to roll your sleeves up and compete, work extremely hard and battle for each other. We did that in the second half and we got our rewards for it.”
Following a mixed recent run of form, Creaser now wants his side to start climbing the table, adding: “The target is to push as hard as we can to get ourselves as far up the table as possible. Our goal is to win as many matches as we can and like every club, you have injuries and players unavailable at times.
“Our supporters are first class and I have played football around here for a long time and I know Aylesbury United have always had a reputation for having a fantastic following.
“I would like to wish the fans a very happy New Year and hope they carry on coming to support Aylesbury United during 2015.”
With Saturday’s match at Uxbridge postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, United return to action this weekend when they entertain league leaders Kettering Town.