PETE Buckingham admitted his Elmore team looked 'rusty', but the manager still felt they deserved at least a point in their frustrating home defeat to St George on Saturday.
The Eagles saw Tom Kelly's goal controversially disallowed for offside and Brett Worbey uncharacteristically fire a penalty wide as they slipped to a third league defeat of the season.
Karim Randall headed home the winner after 27 minutes, and Buckingham felt things did not go for his side on the day.
"We looked like a team that had not played together for a couple of weeks, which we hadn't," said Buckingham. "We looked rusty.
"We did not play well and they deserved to go in 1-0 up, but in the second half we played much better and should have scored.
"Brett Worbey missed a penalty and I don't even think he's missed one for us before.
"There are things I could nit-pick but I don't want to criticise the referee and the bottom line is that we did not do enough. Even though we did not play well we still should have got something out of the game."
It looked like under-strength Elmore had made a fine start as Kelly fired home the rebound after Tony Radford's shot had been parried, only for the lineman's flag to go up.
Randell opened the scoring, before Kelly was sent tumbling in the box, only for Worbey to miss the chance to level. Gary McAuley also saw a header cleared off the line.
"I think this really could be the wake-up call that we need because we thought we were doing alright until this game," said Buckingham.
"We need someone to take responsibility for us because nobody did on Saturday. If nobody takes responsibility then you lose games."