Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe said his side got what it deserved - zero - out of Sunday's 1-0 loss to bottom-placed Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.
Gallant to the end but shy of star forward quality, Glory were never able to recover from their brief moment of neglect in the opening two minutes when Pablo Sanchez got free and scored.
As a result, Perth displaced the Reds at the foot of the ladder and Lowe believes his charges have only themselves to blame.
"You can't have that poor quality for the first goal and the the poor quality of not finishing the opportunities we had," he said.
"We don't deserve anything out of it because we haven't actually done the things we needed to do - that's about as honest as I can get.
"Don't get me wrong, there was a performance in there, but at the critical moments in the game we just didn't come to the party.
"Unfortunately at the present second, that little lack of quality just lets us down."
Despite a stiff, tricky southerly breeze wreaking havoc at times and the blazing Adelaide sun beating down throughout, Lowe felt the match was a decent quality spectacle.
"It was alright out there. It was exciting," he said.
"Both keepers (Ante Covic and Eugene Galekovic) made great saves and there were a lot of chances.
"Carrusca was nice to watch - for a change.
"It was good. Unfortunately I was sat on our bench instead of theirs."
Heat-weary and already ravaged by injuries, Glory have an arduous schedule coming up with three pre-Christmas home bouts in the space of seven days against Central Coast Mariners (this Saturday), Melbourne Victory (Wednesday, December 16) and the Western Sydney Wanderers (Saturday, December 19).
Lowe isn't about to concede just yet, emphasising the fact Perth have only lost one match by more than a goal this season.
"We've been in every game this year, (within) one goal, apart from Melbourne City (5-1 loss), where it could have been 9-9.
"We'll just get on with it ... otherwise you'll throw yourself off the top of a big building."
When asked about Adelaide's Red Army fan walkout on the half-hour mark, as a protest against perceived mistreatment from the FFA towards active supporters, Lowe put the onus back on the fans.
"My take is if the fans come to the game, they've got to be responsible and do the right thing," he said.
"Then the FFA make sure if they (spectators) do anything, we've got due process.
"Very easy - it's not hard, I don't think. But maybe I'm a bit stupid, a daft lad from Billingham in the north-east of England where we tend speak as you should speak."