Graham Alexander bemoaned a sloppy display as his Fleetwood Town side were forced to battle back for a 2-2 draw against struggling Morecambe.
Antoni Sarcevic's 20-yard free-kick put them infront but a header from Mark Hughes and an own goal from Nathan Pond had the Cod Army staring at a home defeat.
But former Preston pair Jon Parkin and Iain Hume combined to give the home side a late leveller. Substitute Parkin's shot was saved and Hume tapped home.
"It was a game which lulled us into a slow tempo," Alexander said. "We got the early goal which was good for us and then gave a really poor one away from our own corner.
"It allowed Morecambe to sit back and make it hard for us. Second half we played a bit quicker without getting the breakthrough and then conceded another soft goal.
"We kept going and did manage to pull one back and credit to the team.
"But it was a sloppy performance and one we have to improve on to close the gap."
Shrimps boss Jim Bentley admitted his players were down after conceding a late equaliser.
He said: "Coming here and getting a draw you'd say that's a point gained. But it could have been more.
"The dressing room is down after that.
"After playing so well for pretty much 85 minutes it was a sickener.
"We've just got to take the positives and those are that we were probably the better team.
"We got our noses in front, I thought it would have been our day, it wasn't to be.
"If we keep what we doing, play like that for every remaining game we won't have a problem."