Director of football Bob Don-Duncan delivered an honest assessment after another defeat for Spalding United on Boxing Day.
The Tulips went down 1-0 at Lincoln United with midfielder Jack McGovern heading home against one of his former clubs from a sixth-minute corner.
In response Spalding could not create a clear-cut chance but left-back Adam Jackson saw a 30-yard thunderbolt bounce off the crossbar.
Mitch Griffiths played against them just two days after signing for Lincoln while prolific striker Jake Newman has moved to Stamford.
Top scorer Josh Moreman completes his three-match suspension on Monday when Gresley come to the Sir Halley Stewart Field (3pm kick-off).
Midfielder Sam Murphy is unlikely to return for the bank holiday game and Don-Duncan accepts Spalding’s management team will probably not have enough time to bring in more players for their next fixture.
It wasn’t a good game considering both teams are in contention for the play-offsDirector of football Bob Don-Duncan
He said: “It wasn’t a good game considering both teams are in contention for the play-offs.
“We had difficulties selecting a side and it’s never easy to be able to bring in players over the festive period.
“With Jake going to Stamford, there was also a late decision involving Mitch Griffiths who not only left us but then played against us.
“With Josh Moreman suspended, that makes it very difficult along with a couple of other players being unavailable.
“I thought Ellis Humble did well at right-back considering he has not played a lot of football recently.
“Ethan Lee also did well out of his regular position and we didn’t have experienced players to bring on later in the game.
“We defended particularly well but we didn’t pose a great threat.
“The goal came from a corner but you can go further back to our throw-in where we lost possession and conceded that set-piece.
“We didn’t have a fully-fit squad but there are no excuses.
“We can’t be critical of the effort and commitment from the players. We need to do better but it’s down to the management to bring in players.
“Marcus Ebdon (manager) is aware that we need to add to the squad and we are making moves to do that.
“There are no names to throw about at this stage and I don’t think we will have anyone coming in for Monday’s game.”