Kevin Braniff believes Portadown shot themselves in the foot as they dropped valuable points against Warrenpoint Town.
The Ports were knocked off the top of the Danske Bank Premiership after being held to a 2-2 draw at Stangmore Park.
Ronnie McFall’s men were forced to play catch-up after going behind to goals from Daniel Hughes and Ruairi Devlin in the opening 36 minutes.
Peter McMahon started the Ports’ comeback with a goal before the break with striker Darren Murray salvaging a point with a second half header.
Despite demonstrating resolve and spirit to come from two goals down, captain Braniff was critical of his side’s showing.
“We didn’t get started and we conceded two sloppy goals,” he said.
“You can’t give teams headstarts in any game, especially when you are playing away from home.
“We have no-one to blame but ourselves; we didn’t play the way we know we can.
“We kept searching for the long ball and it didn’t work, so it is very disappointing.
“It didn’t suit our style of play and we got frustrated. If we had got it down and played our own game, I think we would have won the game.
“We have the quality in the team but the lads up front didn’t get much service.
“The fact we battled back from two goals down is the only positive.”
Portadown had chances to win the game.
Gary Twigg hit the woodwork twice and McMahon had a goal ruled out for offside – a decision that was met with criticism from the away camp.
“It was their defender who knocked the ball goalwards, so I don’t know how it was offside,” Braniff added.
“So we are frustrated at that.
“But it is gone now, and we have to move onto the next game and target another three points.
“It is two points dropped today, and we should be winning games like this.
“If you want to win leagues then you should be beating teams like Warrenpoint.”
Ports boss McFall blamed an inept first-half display for his side’s lacklustre showing.
“We didn’t get started and we gifted them two goals. It was poor defensively from us,” he said.
“You have to play for 90, minutes and not just 45. The first goal we conceded was very poor. And the second one wasn’t any better.”
Warrenpoint boss Barry Gray was pleased to come away with a spirited point from the game
“When you play Portadown, you have to be pleased with getting some reward,” he said.
“Getting the two goals was a positive, but we were disappointed to concede before the break.
“But the players dug in and got the point which is encouraging. It is competing against the top sides which is a learning experience.”