Curtis Woodhouse says Gainsborough Trinity can go into lockdown in a positive frame of mind
But his youthful side followed it up with a creditable 1-0 defeat against highly-fancied South Shields.
“When I went home on Saturday I did not enjoy that Gainsborough Trinity side,” he said.
“Against South Shields that was a team to be proud of and the fans recognised that with the ovation they gave at the end.
“Sometimes the players have to take responsibility. I thought we lacked any desire on Saturday and work ethics, we went through motions.
“The lads went out there (against South Shields) and covered every blade of grass and I’m really happy with it.
“It was a massive improvement against South Shields, we were outstanding when you look at what we have got and who were against.
“It was much more what you expect from a Gainsborough Trinity side. We couldn't have done any more, I'm proud of the boys and it's a really good way to sign off.
“At the end of lockdown we will have eight players back from injury and it will give our squad a big lift.
“We’ve played the big boys this season and seen what the best the league has to offer and I don't think we have anything to fear.
“The fans can appreciate hard work and endeavour and against South Shields it was one of the most hard working displays I've seen.
“The fans appreciate what is going into it and I’m proud of the players’ efforts.”
Woodhouse was also full of praise for Trinity chairman Richard Kane for all the work he and his staff are doing to keep the club afloat.
“Richard is doing such a great job financially,” he added. “At this level you realise what sacrifices people have to make to keep the club going.
“I’m in constant dialogue with Richard and it is a real struggle.
“The fans coming through the gate are keeping us going and now we have a month of lockdown, it is so frustrating.
“The main thing is to come out of the other side and still have a football club.”