CAERNARFON Town manager Sean Eardley could not hide his frustration following his side’s defeat at Carmarthen Town.

The Canaries were left rueing a number of defensive errors which led to their eventual downfall, and Eardley stated they must “stop being naïve” ahead of a testing series of fixtures heading into the busy festive period.

He said: “It is painful. Each goal came from threats we have spoken about during the week which is criminal, really.

“They throw a lot of bodies into the box and we weren’t switched on to that. I thought the performance overall was okay and we passed it around well, but Declan’s (Walker) goal killed us and again I said in the week we needed to engage him anywhere from 20-25 yards out and we haven’t done that.

“It hurts to have conceded the goals we have and I would like to apologise to the fantastic support that travelled down. We have got to be better, start rolling our sleeves up and stop being so naïve.

“My players always give 110 per cent and will go to the end, and I thought Joe (Williams) epitomised that and he was outstanding. We are new to the league and the information we give to them is critical, but it is frustrating especially as we have addressed certain dangers.”

Eardley is under no illusions as to the task awaiting his side against The New Saints on Friday, who come into the game on the back of a shock loss at the hands of Aberystwyth Town.

“TNS are a wounded animal and they have possibly been underperforming this season, but they will be hurting and it has made our task more difficult,” added Eardley.

“Having said that, we feel like can go there with a game plan and try and get something. The effort from everyone so far this season has been outstanding and I expect more of the same this week.”