Walsall midfielder Jack Earing admitted the Saddlers didn’t deserve to get a result after a disappointing performance against Stevenage.
The Saddlers suffered a 3-1 defeat in Hertfordshire after conceding twice in the opening 10 minutes.
The 22-year-old set up Brendan Kiernan who pulled a goal back as Matt Taylor’s men improved in the second half but The Boro made sure of taking home all three points when Jake Taylor struck in added time.
Earing felt the team let themselves down with the way they started the match and confessed the result was a fair one.
“Over the two halves, especially the first, I thought we deserved to lose,” he admitted.
“I think the mistakes cost us again and it really set us back. I thought we looked scared and nervous in the first half and we couldn’t get going whereas in the second half, I thought it was a different game.
“The start to any game is massive and in the changing room beforehand we are always saying we need to have a fast start, get on the oppositions toes and be on the attack but we let ourselves down with mistakes and it cost us for the first half.
“I don’t think we performed to what we know we can. In the second half we grew into it but we lost the game in the first half.
“You don’t want to be 1-0 down after four or five minutes but that is where we do have good character in the group as we have seen, where we have scored a goal when being behind but I think in the next couple of weeks, we need to get our heads down and make sure we get it right and be on top from the start.
“I think all the boys and the gaffer just want to get in and get our heads straight. We need to forget about this game and it will be all eyes on Saturday. It is going to be a hard week and we are going to look to put it right.”