MIDFIELDER Ryan Edwards says him and his teammates were left disappointed following Saturday’s league defeat away at Swindon Town.
The Australian said that the side knew how important a good start to the game would be but failed to do so and found themselves 3-0 down inside the opening 35 minutes.
He said: “It’s a disappointing result and disappointing performance. I think the importance of starting the game well, starting halves well, is massive in this league and we didn’t do that.
“Conceding early on, we still had belief as we’ve gone down to early goals before and reacted well, so we knew the belief was there in the squad to get back into the game.
“It’s frustrating when a performance like that happens and it’s not going your way. We try and control the way we want to play, the way we put our work ethic in off the ball to press or if we’re sitting off.
“When passes are going astray or miss controls are happening, we have to stick together and it wasn’t our day, but you have to keep on going, keep sticking together for the team. We saw sniffs of that but in the end it wasn’t enough.
Edwards also explained the importance of consistency throughout the season and said that it’s something that manager Jake Buxton has had his side working on throughout pre-season.
“The league is very strong this season, with a lot of teams pushing for play-off positions, which is in our minds.
“Going off last season the teams that finished in the top half, were the teams that put consistent points on the board and we were too inconsistent last season with our performances and results.
“It’s something that we’ve worked on in pre-season and we thought that we could get a back-to-back win today, but it wasn’t to be.
“It’s back to the drawing board with Portsmouth at home next week and hopefully we can get 3 points there.”