YORK City caretaker boss Sam Collins felt only “two or three players” performed well during a 3-0 home defeat to Kidderminster Harriers.

Collins endured the first defeat of his four-game reign as the undefeated Harriers won a fourth consecutive game thanks to Ed Williams’ brace and a second-half Joe Ironside effort.

As a consequence, the Minstermen dropped down to 13th in the National League North table, with Collins quick to dismiss the display as a “bad day”.

He said: “Nobody is happy when you lose 3-0 and the goals we gave away were poor. Kidderminster were better on the day and that happens in football.

“They are a good team who won’t be a million miles away. Their manager has also been there all season and has worked on styles of play and formations.

“They’ve got good players in forward positions, which we knew about, but we had too many players who didn’t play as well as they have been doing. The players have been consistent during the games I have been taking them and, while there were two or three that did well again, that’s not enough to win a football game.

“But I won’t be blaming anybody because it’s a collective thing, which includes the decisions I make. We just had a bad day and they had a good one.

“That happens at times in football and you just have to watch the game back, learn from it, move on and try and get a better result in the next game.”

Williams’ second strike on 45 minutes would have been safely gathered by Adam Bartlett had team-mate Joe Tait not slid in and deflected the ball past the City keeper, with Collins admitting that served as a significant blow, as he prepared to bring on Jon Parkin and Sean Newton for the second period.

“Their first goal was a great strike, but the second was the most disappointing one because, just before half-time, you want to keep it 1-0 and then look at making a couple of adjustments,” the former Port Vale defender pointed out. “I wanted to use Jon’s size and get balls of good quality up to him and then play in and around him, but we were then chasing the game in the second half and got counter-attacked for the third goal.”