Paul Cox, the manager of Vanarama National League playoff hopefuls Barrow, says his side were lethargic on Saturday.
A surprise 2-0 defeat at Eastleigh – a team who have rolled down the table in the past few months – was not what most people were expecting. It was a classic coupon buster but it’s not nice being on the wrong end of one of those.
Cox suggested the midweek win over Tranmere maybe played a part in their tired legs.
He said: “I thought we were amazing on Tuesday but we were lacking any kind of energy on Saturday.
“You can’t go into a game like that as more often than not the result ends up going against you.
“You need to have energy and we couldn’t produce any, we were lethargic and not at it – we we didn’t have enough in the final third of the pitch.
“It’s a setback for us after what we a great result on Tuesday night but on the plus side the gap is only three points to the playoff places but we know a lot of teams a chasing it.”
Barrow face a vital game against second place Dagenham and Redbridge this weekend coming.
“We will need to be on the top of our game for that one,” stressed Cox.