Gary Charman wants Horsham to stop leaking sloppy goals following their encouraging 2-2 draw away to Herne Bay.
Overseeing his third game in charge since being named permanent manager, his side recovered from going 2-0 behind with a spirited second half comeback.
Goals after the break by Junior Kaffo and a superb shot by Billy-Joe King earned Hornets the away point after Ben Brown and Joe Nelder had netted in the first half for Herne Bay.
Charman said: “We looked a lot stronger and should have been 1-0 up at the break. We created the most chances. I told them at half-time we’ve got to stop giving sloppy goals away.”
Charman brought on new signing Akwasi Fobi-Edusei for Scott Harris, playing upfront while Kaffo switched from striker to attacking central midfielder. The change soon bore fruit with Horsham scoring their equaliser one minute after the change.
He added: “We were well on top and if the game had gone on another five minutes I think we’d have won the game.”
Charman left out Ben Collier and Ryan Marriott while Jamie Cade had an ankle injury, so new signings Rodrigo Branco and the returning Steve Sargent went straight into the starting line-up along with the experienced Glen Woodburn.
Herne Bay took the lead when Ross Morley underhit a back pass to goalkeeper Michael Hunter which left Brown with the simple task of passing the ball into the unguarded Horsham net.
Just before the interval, Tom Graves was beaten to a header by the diminutive Nelder and his looping header was good enough to beat Hunter.
Horsham came out strongly for the second half and, although O’Connell had a free header which went wide early on, it was Horsham who would score a deserved goal.
Before he came off, Harris pulled back sharply for Kaffo who smashed in from close range to make it 2-1.
Horsham levelled at 2-2 in the 63rd minute when Sargent went on a run and played a fine long ball in to the path of the onrushing King who struck a swerving piledriver which gave Delo no chance.
Hornets: Hunter, Hamilton, BJ King, Harris (Fobi-Edusei 62), Woodburn, Graves, Sargent, Morley, Kaffo, Nwachukwu, Branco (Hole 90).
Unused subs: Frankland, Charman, Napper