Darren Peacock insisted expectations were still high at Giant Axe despite seeing his Lancaster City side crash to a 6-0 defeat at Ramsbottom United on Tuesday night.
The result was all the more surprising as City had dished out a thrashing of their own on Saturday, beating New Mills by the same scoreline in the FA Trophy.
The Dolly Blues head coach pulled no punches after seeing his side’s unbeaten Evo-Stik First Division North record come to an end but maintained City should fear no-one.
He said: “To be quite blunt not enough of us turned up on Tuesday night.
“They were a decent side and they are better than their league position suggests.
“But we were short in a lot of areas. It’s okay when it’s one or two but it was the majority of the team.
“It was the first time we deserved to lose. You can’t beat about the bush.
“I said to the lads as long as we keep our shape and discipline that will get us through but we didn’t do that on Tuesday.
“Expectations are high and rightly so, I’m not saying we’re going to win the league or make the play-offs but I want to win every game.”
The up-and-down week had started in some style at Giant Axe against New Mills, new signing Tom Ince scoring twice as City hit six.
But Peacock admitted the game was a little too open for his liking.
The head coach said: “No disrespect to New Mills but it could have been double figures.
“They could have had a couple of their own before we scored.
“It was a very open game which is great for the neutral but exactly what I don’t want.
“Having said that I think we played some of our best football to date.”
The Dolly Blues will look to get back to winning ways against Salford City at Giant Axe on Saturday.
Peacock says his side have to focus on the positive parts of their good start to the season and cast the Ramsbottom defeat aside.
He said: “It was a good start to the week on Saturday but I think most people will be focus their attentions on Tuesday night. “We’ve got to focus on what we’ve done up to now.
“It’s a really indifferent week but we’ve got to pull together on Thursday (in training) and put it right on Saturday.”
After the Salford City clash, Rochdale Town visit City on Wednesday, October 16, in the Lancashire Trophy.
The Dolly Blues’ victory over New Mills sets up a trip to Mossley away in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy on Saturday, October 19.