Phil Parkinson remained defiant after a 4-1 defeat at Dagenham and Redbridge piled the pressure on him and left Altrincham still looking for their first win of the season after nine games.

The Robins are now bottom of the National League table, behind Scunthorpe United on goal difference, and under greater scrutiny than ever as they look to break their duck at the 10th attempt at home to Aldershot Town on Saturday.

Parklnson made no attempt to disguise the implications for himself personally as he faced up to his side’s worrying plight but vowed to get it right.

“It was a very disappointing result, a really difficult one to take,” said the Alty boss.

“We created some brilliant moments but weren’t clinical enough in either box. We know what the problems are, but there’s no getting away from the fact that we’ve got to do better.

“I can’t defend people today. There are a number of players who should have scored one or two goals, but, equally, you can’t concede four and hope to get anything out of it. There are a few who are below par, and it is really uncomfortable at the moment.

“I know I’m clinging on for dear life, because a manager’s job is all about results. The board have been superb with me, but I’m under no illusions that we need to start winning to stay in the job.

“But I believe in this group of players, and the performances have not been far away.

“Bar this game and the one at Solihull Moors, we have absolutely been in every one so far.

“My biggest job now is to make the players aware of what they need to do better while still keeping them positive, but I’m completely confident we can turn the corner and make it work within this full-time model.

“The fans have got to buy into it as well. I know it’s difficult when we are losing, but we really need the fans to be on board, along with everyone else connected with the club.”