Joe Gormley’s last-gasp goal may have rescued Cliftonville from am embarrassing home defeat to Dungannon Swifts, but boss Tommy Breslin was far from satisfied afterwards.
His champions now sit sixth in the Danske Bank Premiership after pocketing just seven points from their last six outings and have landed just two wins on home soil all season as their defence of the Gibson Cup continues to flounder on choppy seas.
Ahead through Liam Boyce just before half-time on Saturday, the Reds were pegged back when Swifts’ namesake Darren cracked home an equaliser ahead of Chris Lavery pouncing to put Dungannon on course for their first victory at the north Belfast venue since 2006.
Gormley’s injury-time conversion preserved that statistic but wasn’t enough to lift the dark clouds - both metaphoric and literal - that loomed over Breslin post-match.
“The only time we showed any kind of urgency was just after Dungannon went 2-1 up,” he explained.
“But we should have been playing like that at 0-0, at 1-0 and at 1-1. It’s taking our opponents to do something before we’re shaken into life and we know it needs addressing.
“I’ve spoken before about how we’re sharp and lively in training sessions and it was the same again this week but, for whatever reason, we’re lifeless when it comes to playing a match.”
Opposite number Darren Murphy was proud of his team’s efforts but visibly gutted not to have scored a memorable victory.
“I feel exactly the same as I did after getting beat 5-0 by Portadown last week,” he said.
“I feel sorry for my players and for myself because we don’t know how we’ve not won that.
“To come to Solitude and get a draw, you would nearly always see it as a point gained but, given how we’ve played, it really feels like two dropped.”