Manager Sol Campbell was left both frustrated and bemused as Macclesfield Town fell to defeat at Northampton Town, with the side rueing costly errors.
This angered Sol, who knew the score could have gone Macc's way on a different day.
“It hurts a lot,” the boss said. “There were a lot of mistakes. If we do those kind of errors, we are not going to win too many games because it is not acceptable for that kind of level.
“We should have been a lot better than that. There wasn't much in the game and I came away thinking, how did we lose that?
“It's not like we played badly – that hurts me even more - it's just the decisions we made were not on point. I don’t mind the opposition working for their goals, but it wasn't the case yesterday.
“You can't test them if you give two goals away – they got their tails up and the game started to change a little bit. We can't give goals away like that... we just can't.”
The biggest mistake for Sol was the lack of communication on the pitch.
“We had a really good chance at 1-1,” reflected the manager. “We've just got to communicate more in vital areas.
“We need to make the right decisions at the right time and we are not doing that in certain aspects of the game.
“I have been helping them with that – I wish I could get on the pitch and start talking myself. It’s one of the easiest things to do, but we just find it really difficult to talk to people."
Despite the loss, a stand out positive from Sixfields was another cool finish from Smith.
“We had a couple of chances before that,” admitted Sol. “If we had a better pass, then we might have been going into the break in a better position.
“We created chances, but again, we need to make the right decision or pass. But Harry scored a great goal, took it really well. It was a good pass from Ben.
“But for me, we’ve lost 3-1, but I don't actually know how we have lost 3-1.”
Relegation rivals Yeovil Town and Notts County both lost too, meaning the survival fight is still in Macc's hands. But the management staff will be taking another look at the drawing board ahead of Monday’s clash with Newport County.
“I wanted them to maintain their structure,” said Sol. “It was a hot day, so we needed to make sure that we weren’t all over the place.
“We needed to simplify the game and make some more passes, but communication was the biggest thing in the game.
“We have to pick them [the players] up and dust them off now.”
By Matt Bates