Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver insists lessons have been learned and he won’t rush players back from injury.
Captain Shane Killock had been expected to start for Town against Colwyn Bay on Saturday, but Weaver chose to wait until his centre-back returned to full fitness.
Steve Mallory deputised alongside former Leeds United defender Matt Heath in defence but the pair could not stop Colwyn scoring twice at the CNG Stadium.
Town needed a late Anton Brown goal to rescue a point before almost stealing all three when the referee contentiously waved away Joe Ironside’s claims for a 90th minute penalty.
Chris Hall had earlier first levelled the tie for Town with his 15th goal of the season.
And boss Weaver dismissed that his men had dropped two points in the play-off race given Colwyn’s strong away form this season.
He said: “I wasn’t disappointed. Colwyn have the best away form in the league.
“When you score a late goal like that, it says to other teams that you’re not going to go quietly. We had an air of inevitability that we would score.”
On the Ironside penalty claims, the gaffer added: “It was a blatant penalty but the referee said afterwards that Joe went down too easily.
“I don’t think it was a dive. The defender got out-foxed.”
Killock will train alongside his teammates tonight and Weaver was hopeful he would return for Gainsborough Trinity’s visit on Saturday (3pm).
Weaver admitted he brought Dan Clayton back from injury too early for Town’s draw at Bradford Park Avenue last week, and the 21-year-old will be missing again for the Trinity clash.
And the boss said he would not make the same mistake with his skipper.
“There’s no point risking further injury,” he said.
“We will bring Shane back when he is ready. He’s obviously a very important player.
“Steve Mallory was really good at the back on Saturday with his speed to get back into position. I have every confidence he can do it again.”
Trinity won 2-0 when they hosted Town before Christmas but are now o 18th in Skrill North.
The Lincolnshire side have lost their last two league clashes and Weaver said he wanted his fifth-placed outfit to “have a good go” at them early on.
“I am looking for a bit more composure and keeping a cool head,” he added.
Ashley Worsfold should be fit to partner in-form Hall despite leaving the field within 15 minutes on Saturday.
Weaver confirmed the striker had five stitches for a head wound and trained on Tuesday night.