John Ward admits a much-needed victory remains a long way off after Bristol Rovers' 1-0 Severnside derby defeat at Newport.
County dominated the opening exchanges, with Christian Jolley, Adam Chapman and Chris Zebroski all threatening in what was the first competitive derby between the two sides in 25 years.
And Newport eventually got the breakthrough when Jolley took the ball past John-Joe O'Toole and was hauled down in the area, leaving former Rovers winger Andy Sandell to promptly send Steve Mildenhall the wrong way from the spot.
The Pirates returned with far more purpose in the second half but Newport held firm.
"How disappointed can you be?" Ward said. "We didn't threaten enough at the top of the pitch. We've dug into the game and competed reasonably well but at the top end our play was poor.
"Our crossing wasn't as good as it could have been. We need some confidence and to improve the crossing. We simply haven't got enough goals, we have one so far and that's not going to get you results.
"If we defend like we have and concede from a set play then we have to find something at the other end to bring a point or three back with us."