Matt Taylor met with the press after today's game with Portsmouth.
Town fell to a 3-0 defeat at home to the league leaders at the Croud Meadow this afternoon.
An Abu Kamara brace on either side of a Marlon Pack strike was the difference as Salop struggled to convert their chances on the day.
The boss described it as a disappointing afternoon but was full of praise for the fans who sang loudly throughout the game.
ON THE GAME:
"We always knew it would be a tough game. You see the players that they have, I thought they controlled the game really well in the middle of midfield.
"First half, I felt the timing of the goal was really disappointing. I'm always going to question officials but in that instance, whether or not the throw should have been taken is pretty much irrelevant because we didn't defend it.
"If we get in at half-time and it's 0-0, they've had one chance in the half as opposed to us, but if you go in 0-0 it gives you a chance to reset and I just felt that the timing of the goal was really effective for them and it knocked the wind out of us a little bit when we went into half-time.
"But having said that, second half we still had moments but we didn't take them.
"Let's be relatively honest about it, you see the level of players they're able to bring off the bench and we turn around and obviously with all the injuries we have at the moment, it's disappointing.
"My clear message is that these types of games will be the ones that define our season, so I will say that. However, I'm really disappointed that I'm stood here and we've lost 3-0.
"Dan has a big moment in the second half as does Max and we didn't take them. I think that's the difference, their big moments in the game, they took them.
"I think they're a very good team - they're top of our league for a reason. Firstly because they've got outstanding footballers and two because when they get those big chances they put the ball in the back of the net.
"I was just really disappointed in the goal that we conceded because I think one of the things we can deal with is aerial threats into our box, but we didn't do that today and what happens when you make errors is good teams punish you and ultimately that's what's happened today."
ON PORTSMOUTH'S CLINICAL FINISHING:
"I think that's what good teams do.
"They stay in games and when those big opportunities, those big moments in games come along, they take their chances and that's what they did today.
"We didn't. We had big chances but we didn't take them. What I can't do and what I won't do is come away from who we are.
"The challenge to our players is now our run has come to an end if you like, it's time to start another one, let's be perfectly frank about that.
"I'm really disappointed today that we've lost 3-0. I'm not so sure the scoreline is reflective of our performance overall, however, it's always going to be really tough when you play the big teams in the league, they're top of the league for a reason and our players and our supporters saw that today.
"One thing I must mention is the fans - I thought our fans were brilliant, they never stopped singing. It's easy at times when you are losing a game of football for your supporters to be disappointed but I didn't feel that today, they were excellent.
"All the players went over and applauded them and like I said before, we need our supporters with us and they're most definitely with us.
"It's just disappointing because it was a bumper crowd today and I felt we could and should have done better than we did.
"But we have to accept our medicine and get on with it and prepare the team for what is another big game a week from today."
ON IF HE TAKES ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE PERFORMANCE TODAY:
"Not really at this moment in time, no.
"Look, if you give good players time and space they punish you and that's what they've done today.
“It’s easy to say something after a game of football that you might regret. I’m not going to do that.
“We got beat by a better team today. You hold your hands up.
“I just felt for our group we didn’t play to our usual standards in terms of with the ball and without the ball.
“But I can’t criticise this group of players – they are giving me everything.
“You look at the number of players we have still for injured – I can’t say anything other than be positive about my team because every week they turn up, every week they give everything they’ve got.
“Are we going to have off days? Are we going to have performances where we don’t get the level of consistency we want? Yeah, we will do. But so will every other team in this league.
“Let’s not get away from the fact we’ve been on a really good run up to this point. Now the important thing is we start another one.”
On second-placed Peterborough being next up:
“What a challenge – what a challenge for our players.
“I thought they (Portsmouth) were probably the best team we have played this season.
“Peterborough is a different challenge. One that we have got to relish. One that our players have got to really go out and put a performance in.
“We know if we do that we can compete with anybody in this league.
“That will be the challenge this week. We will prepare from Monday onwards and make sure we are ready for what will be another difficult game.
“But I’ll end with this – can the supporters perform like that again next Saturday because I thought they were brilliant today.
“They really got behind and supported the team.”
On if there is a chance any of the injured players could return next week:
“I don’t expect anyone else to be fit.
“If they are, wonderful. But I can’t see it at the moment.
“It might change. We might talk later in the week and it might be different.
“But, unfortunately, as it stands at the moment I don’t see anyone imminently coming back into the group.”