Horsham assistant manager Gary Charman said Maidstone’s front-two players Ade Olorunda and Stuart King were the difference between the two sides during their 3-0 defeat on Saturday.
And he praised his central midfield pairing of Karly Akehurst and Scott Harris who stood out in a good first half for the Hornets.
But he reckoned by the end the better side had won, even if the scoreline was flattering.
He said: “Their front-two were a complete handful. I’m pleased for them and wish them luck in the play-offs. The table doesn’t lie, they are the second best team in the league. I thought we had a few stand-out players. I thought Karly Akehurst and Scott Harris had a superb first half.
“We’ve played a hell of a lot of football in the last month and got out of danger.”
Charman stressed the result was not a fair reflection of the game with the opening goal particularly undeserved.
He said: “The result flattered them really. Two disappointing goals, one was against me and was never a penalty as I haven’t touched him. The lino said I hadn’t fouled and it the ref had already made up his mind. The second goal was just a set-piece from a throw-in.”
Click on the video above to hear Gary Charman’s views after the game.