Gary Haveron couldn’t mask his disappointment after he watched his Carrick Rangers side lose 2-1 at home to Warrenpoint on Saturday.
Goals from Conor McDonald and Mark Clarke put the visitors two up before Miguel Chines hit back from the penalty spot.
Haveron’s main concern was the manner in which Carrick defended for Warrenpoint’s two strikes. “The nature of the two goals we conceded was pathetic really. We were slow to react to a short corner (for the first) … and the second goal came from a set play. Warrenpoint didn’t really create a chance from open play,” he said.
“There’s no point in us getting pats on the back for getting a draw against Glentoran or results against teams we’re not fancied to get points against. Games like these are our bread and butter and they are critical to our survival plan and we just haven’t done enough today.”
He added: “We need to show more hunger and desire to go out there and get results.”
The win moved Warrenpoint within a point of Carrick but it could have been very different right at the death when Portuguese frontman Chines almost rescued a point when he headed on to the post, before seeing his rebound effort saved by Aaron Shanahan.
Warrenpoint boss Gray said: “Our performance, for us who pride ourselves in trying to play football, wasn’t great to watch from my dugout anyway. There are some games where you need to just plug in and sacrifice what you would like to see. It was just all about guts and grind and seeing it out right to the end.”
He added: “This is our third season in the Premiership and over the last two years we would have lost a game like that.”