City of Liverpool manager Paul McNally has described their defeat to Glossop North End as “awful”.
The Purps‘ unbeaten run came grinding to a halt in damp conditions as they were made to feel the January blues on Tuesday.
Jacques Etia scored either side of Moses Yoak’s sensational free-kick to lift the Hillmen out of the bottom four and away from the danger zone.
The triumph saw Glossop end their miserable run as their 3-0 win over City of Liverpool was the first win in six.
McNally’s side entered the clash on the back of their impressive 4-2 win over Skelmersdale United and confidence was soaring. On Tuesday, they had a handful of opportunities with the best falling to Jack Hazlehurst and Nathan Burke in either half.
In the end, the difference was three second-half goals from Stuart Mellish’s side, including a late, quickfire double which took the game away from the hosts.
“Disappointed, not happy. First-half was okay, second-half was disappointing and not good enough – a case of the Lord Mayor’s parade,” the City of Liverpool manager told Off The Park.
“Sometimes you get it at home, one of those nights where it didn’t click in the first-half but we had two or three chances to go ahead, we never took our chances.
“The second-half I don’t think we come out second-half, from the first goal onwards, we were poor, we were awful,” he explained.
“Everything that we’ve done in the last couple of weeks, a few games, we’ve just undone in 45 minutes, we were starting to make strides, getting consistency and we unravelled it but on the second-half, we’ll get back on the horse and go again.
“Sometimes these things happen, you get knocked down a peg or two, sometimes you need to take a reality check then get back on it.”
For the Purps, there is a quick turnaround and they will want to put this result behind them as they face 1874 Northwich at home on Saturday.
While the top half of the table is just four points away, the threat of slipping into the danger zone hasn’t entirely passed but the City of Liverpool manager has called on his side to respond.
He added: “The last few weeks have been really good so I can’t fault them, I think most teams would’ve bit our hand off, we were one of the in-form teams but then tonight has unravelled, it’s back to square one.
“We have to get back to the drawing board, get back on it and start putting points on the board. Just poor mistakes, poor play, poor mistakes from individuals, if you keep making mistakes you’re going to keep conceding goals because there’s no easy games in this league – regardless of where people are in the league, there’s no easy games.
“We’re at home Saturday, we’ve got a chance to put it right and we will.”