DORCHESTER Town interim manager Trevor Senior believes the Magpies were not “four goals worse” than Frome Town after their 4-1 Evo-Stik Southern League Premier defeat the Avenue Stadium.

A clinical Frome side dispatched Senior’s men, who had delivered an improved display, with three second-half goals after Billy Lowes had levelled for the hosts in the opening period.

But Senior felt he could not “criticise” the players for their work rate, adding that his side “seems to get punished” whenever the opposition gets a chance.

He said: “I don’t think we were four goals worse than them, obviously we’ve got to take our chances.

“I said to the lads I can’t really criticise them for their work rate, it’s just that we seem to get punished every time teams get a chance.

“I thought coming in at one each it might be the confidence boost we needed. I said we needed to get the crowd off their feet a little bit and try and build up a bit of momentum.

“Although we shipped two goals to make it 3-1 they were actually getting behind us and we just needed a goal to get back to 3-2 to cause them a problem.

“Then the cross came in before they scored the fourth and ten seconds later it’s in the back of our net. We’ve gone from putting pressure on them to getting punished.”

Despite the result, Senior was pleased with the Magpies’ first half showing and joked that “he’d forgotten how to celebrate a goal.”

He said: “First half we carved up two or three chances and hit it too close to the keeper and then Billy stuck his away nicely, it was a good finish. I’ve forgotten how to celebrate a goal!”

Senior also said a key aim for the game was to try and “repay” the fans with a good performance after a 3-0 derby defeat to Weymouth in their previous home game.

“To be fair to the crowd after the Weymouth game we needed to try and make a bit of a difference and over the 90 at least we put in a performance.

“We tried to repay them a little bit, but didn’t get the right result. I don’t think I’ve been on a run like this as a player or manager where you’re conceding so many goals and just not getting anything out of the games. It’s demoralising really,” he said.