Salford City paid a heavy price at Oldham Athletic after surrendering a 1-0 lead at Boundary Park.
Ian Henderson’s early strike was followed up by a fantastic first half performance that saw Richie Towell hit the crossbar and Tom James the post.
However after Dylan Bahamboula equalised with 15 minutes to go it was substitute Davis Keillor-Dunn who wrapped up just a fourth home win of the season for Latics with a sumptuous strike from distance.
It was a difficult one for Salford and Richie Wellens to take after what was overall a decent performance, and The Ammies can’t say there weren’t enough opportunities to put the game to bed.
“I’m devastated, I’m gutted for the players because it’s a probably game where we should have been out of sight at half time,” said the Manager.
“We played some really good football in difficult conditions and then second half it becomes a little bit of a battle because we’re dealing with the same stuff what Oldham were having to deal with in the first half.
“I would have been disappointed with a point to be honest, we were unlucky we hit the post twice, Richie Towell’s gone off the crossbar and it’s in and we’ve had so many opportunities to slide the last pass in, people are through one on one, so I’m absolutely devastated.
“We can say we were unlucky, but it was still criminal to lose that game. They’re difficult ones as a manager them, the first one’s a free kick from 50 yards, and we’ve parried it out to the middle of the goal, our two centre halves have flicked at it instead of putting a foot through it to clear it, but at no stage did I ever think we were in any danger, the amount of counter attacks we had was frightening.
“There’s something missing from our mentality at the moment, it was the same with Harrogate, we score early think we look like a good team, want to go on and win the game two or three nil but it’s just the mentality we drop too deep.
“We keep stressing we drop too deep which makes it difficult for the midfield to make up the distance, to win second balls. It’s criminal to lose a game but it’s a tough blow to take today.”
Salford are back at home on Tuesday night when Colchester United visit The Peninsula Stadium.