ALTRINCHAM manager Phil Parkinson felt his side suffered from a lapse in concentration against Southend United on Saturday.

The Shrimpers triumphed 2-1 at Moss Lane.

And Parkinson was disappointed with the goals given away.

“We can’t keep conceding goals the way we are,” said the Altrincham boss.

“There’s zero pressure on our goal and we’ve conceded two goals.

“Not that we played fantastically well or had constant pressure on their goal in the first half but we dominated play.

“But it was very slow and pedestrian and that’s why I made the changes at half-time.

“To concede the two goals was criminal and we can’t continue to do that if we want to get anywhere near the play-offs in this division.”

Altrincham posed more problems after the break with Ryan Colclough seeing his penalty saved by Steve Arnold.

But Parkinson praised the Shrimpers goalkeeper rather than opting to criticise his own player.

“It looked like a great save to me,” said Parkinson.

“The lad has gone the right way and he’s got a hand to it.

"You can always pick holes in things when you look at it back but it takes bravery to step forward and take a penalty.

“Ryan has scored under a lot more pressure than that and I think you have to give the keeper credit there.

“It’s a good save and they made some great blocks too.”

However, Parkinson felt Altrincham could easily have picked up a point.

“If we score the penalty it’s 2-2 and we more than deserved a draw with the percentage of the football we had and the chances we had too,” said Parkinson.

“For me it’s difficult to stand in front of a group of players and have a go at them after a game we’ve dominated.

“We’ve conceded two goals under zero pressure and I think it’s a concentration thing, 100 per cent.

"“The lads have got to sort that out and we can’t keep giving teams a leg up in this division. “