Gerard Lyttle admitted his Cliftonville side were fortunate to escape with a draw following a lacklustre showing against Warrenpoint Town.
Despite taking a 44th minute lead through Davy McDaid, the Reds never really exerted serious authority on proceedings and were punished when Stephen Murray levelled midway through the second-half.
But for a point-blank header which Johnny Flynn was unable to steer on target, Lyttle’s side didn’t really threaten a winning strike with Warrenpoint duo Murray and Stephen Hughes coming closest as the clock ticked down.
“I don’t know what our problem was today; we were flat, we were lethargic and it just wasn’t good enough,” said Lyttle.
“I wasn’t happy with the way we’d played in the first-half and, even though we were ahead, I had a wee rattle at the boys at half-time to try and liven us up but it didn’t happen and, once Warrenpoint got their goal, I just thought ‘here we go again’.
“Credit to them because they came here with a plan, played it well and got the least they deserved.”
Warrenpoint manager Barry Gray has managed to stop the rot with three draws from three games.
“It’s like someone turned on a switch for a lot of our players a few weeks back,” said manager Barry Gray.
“Our performances have improved and we’ve stopped the run of defeats.
“Obviously the next step is getting a win on the board.”
CLIFTONVILLE: Devlin, McGovern, Ives, Flynn, Knowles, Curran, McDaid, Garrett, Catney, J Donnelly, Cosgrove. Subs: McMullan, M Donnelly (J Donnelly, 64 mins), McNicholl (Curran, 88 mins), Brennan, Mooney (McDaid, 81 mins).
WARRENPOINT: Parr, McVeigh, McGuigan, McDonald, Smith, Murray, Bagnall, M Hughes, Moan, Boyle, Donnelly. Subs: Clarke (Smith, 57 mins), S Hughes (Donnelly, 57 mins), Dane (McDonald, 88 mins), Rooney, Kierans.
Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown)