Neil Aspin admitted his FC Halifax Town side should have been celebrating their third successive win of the season after conceding a late equaliser in their 2-2 draw at Macclesfield.
The Silkmen battled back with ten men to salvage a point after Town had built up a two-goal lead before the break and hit the post with the score at 2-1.
The Town boss was disappointed with Macclesfield’s first goal, which came from a poor back pass by Ryan Toulson, and says his side can’t afford to defend as generously as that in future.
He said: “From the position we were in, we should have got the three points.
“They were doing all the things I wanted in the first 25 minutes, playing to a pattern that’s effective, and we got our rewards for that.
“But you know if you make mistakes when you step up a league, they’ll be punished.
“When a team’s struggling, they need somebody to give them a lift and that’s what we did.
“From our point of view, if we get to half-time winning 2-0, I think we go on and win the game but at 2-1 you always know the opposition will have a chance in the second-half.
“You’re going to get disappointments and you can’t let it affect you, you’ve got to move on to the next game.”
Town dominated the second-half but failed to score what would have been a decisive third goal before substitute Jack Mackreth levelled the scores with less than ten minutes left.
Aspin rued his side’s spurned opportunities after the interval and said the result should have been put beyond doubt.
He said: “We had good chances, we should have scored, we should have put the game away.
“When you’re leading by one goal it keeps the opposition in the game and you need to get that next goal.
“If you don’t take your chances you get punished.”
Macclesfield sub Connor Jennings was dismissed before half-time following what appeared to be a headbutt on Matt Pearson.
Although the Shay chief didn’t see the incident, he expressed concern over the sterner approach the officials have adopted this season.
He added: “It certainly wasn’t a red card so I think he’s given it for something else, which I didn’t see.
“I’m not going to criticise the referee but referees in general seem to be booking a lot of players and there’s going to be a lot of players booked or sent-off this season if this is the way it’s going to run.
“That’s for every referee and if it’s administered as it is now there’s going to be a lot of players suspended as the season goes on.”