Glenn Ferguson admitted his Ballymena United side got exactly what they deserved for their below-par display at Ballinamallard on Saturday.
“I didn’t think the 3-0 was a fair reflection on the game but that is how it was and we have to deal with it,” said the manager.
“Certainly we came away with what we deserved and that was nothing.
“We didn’t create enough chances, we didn’t work hard enough and we didn’t match their desire.
“We have a decent squad with which to do that but some players didn’t play anywhere near as well as they could have.
“Some of them didn’t work hard enough either and when you put that together against a team which does work hard, you’re going to get overrun.
“I was disappointed with the first goal which was a bit scruffy but we changed the shape and went chasing the game and got picked off again.
“The first goal was always going to be very important and they got it, ironically, from probably one of their worst crosses of the day. It was a miskick which seemed to bobble its way through to Anthony Elding.
“We’ve played a hell of a lot better than that this year and won matches convincingly but this was just one of those days where, from back to front, no-one was really on top of their game and some were a good way short of their normal standards.
“You can’t get away with that when you come to places like Ballinamallard - you need players playing consistently well to pick up points.
“Nobody expected us to be at the top of the league, even at this early stage but when you’re up there, you’re there to be shot down.
“To get there and stay there you have to be pretty consistent and put in good performances - we didn’t on Saturday and we paid the price for it.
“You have to give teams credit when they outplay you, out-work you and out-think you and Ballinamallard did that,” added Glenn.