Paul Dickov admitted Oldham Athletic have suffered a ‘bitterly disappointing’ week after Tuesday’s loss to Bury was followed up with defeat to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.
Adam McGurk’s second-half strike was enough to give Ronnie Moore’s league leaders a 1-0 win on Moore’s return to Boundary Park.
Latics’ Youssouf M’Changama was denied an equaliser by Owain Fon Williams’ save in the last minute, meaning Dickov could only reflect on what might have been.
“We had two home games and were looking to kick on,” he said. “Two defeats is bitterly disappointing.
“If we were looking for a positive, we wanted a react to the Bury defeat and we played the team who are top of the table.
“Tranmere have been brushing teams aside but, if anything, I thought we were probably the better team.”
Captain Dean Furman returned to the Oldham starting line-up in place of the injured Robbie Simpson, but the South African international was unable to prevent Latics dropping into 19th place.
“We put plenty of balls into their box and won some good first headers, but then they anticipated and cleared,” Dickov said.
“We switched off from a set-piece and paid for it. We were flat-footed as they anticipated the second ball and scored. That was the difference.”
After an upturn in results at the start of October, Latics have taken just one point from their last four matches and are now just one point clear of the relegation zone in League One.