Salford City succumbed to a fourth league defeat on the road away at Carlisle United.
Lewis Alessandra gave The Cumbrians a first half lead after Ian Henderson went off with a split lip.
Salford started the second half better and thought they had equalised when Bruno Andrade converted Ibou Touray’s cross only to see the offside flag incorrectly go up. As the Football Gods deem, Carlisle then doubled their lead shortly after as Rhys Bennett headed home.
Di’Shon Bernard popped up in the last minute of normal time to head in another Touray cross to score his first goal for the club, however despite Vaclav Hladky going up late on for set pieces The Ammies couldn’t find an equaliser.
Manager Richie Wellens was encouraged by the comeback, but was disappointed at what it took to encourage that.
“It wasn’t good enough, we huffed and puffed at times, but on the whole the first half was nowhere near good enough.
“Our decision making, game management was poor, playing in the wrong areas when the team’s putting the press on you and we’re still trying to play in front of them so really disappointing, which was a bit of a set back because we’ve trained really well the last couple of days.
“But we are where we are, we are going to get setbacks, the players kept going to the end in terms of their effort and their energy, but I would have liked that energy to be from the first whistle and not when we’re 2-0 down.”
It’s another quick turnaround as Salford return to Cumbria on Saturday for a game at Barrow.