Jon McCarthy cut a philosophical figure after Chester FC drew 1-1 at home to Bromley .
A second-half penalty from captain and top-scorer Tom Shaw ensured the Blues took a share of the spoils from a forgettable match.
McCarthy admitted his side did not go close to replicating the performance levels they produced in the thrilling 2-2 draw at Tranmere Rovers one week earlier.
But he took heart from the fact they managed to pick up a point without playing well.
The result means Chester will go into Tuesday's home clash with Southport and their former manager Steve Burr without a win since October 8.
But McCarthy was quick to point out they have lost just once in their last 12 Vanarama National League outings.
The Blues boss said: "It was not a classic and a bit of me feels like I want to apologise a little bit in terms of the performance. We were disappointed with that.
"It felt like after the Lord Mayor's show after Tranmere last week. We did talk about that.
"I wish I could give you that performance every week but I get the same amount of points for it and points are not easy to come by in the National League, and we've got another one.
"The lads are disappointed in there. They're in there feeling like they've got beat.
"But actually the only time we've got beat in the last 12 league games is against a Lincoln City team who have gone and done it again with a late, strong finish against Forest Green Rovers.
"We don't like getting beat and we've shown again we are difficult to beat."
Bromley took the lead in the 15th minute when Blair Turgott punished a mistake from Craig Mahon.
But skipper Shaw restored parity in the 69th minute when he scored his sixth goal of the season after Kane Richards was brought down in the box.
The Bromley bench felt Richards went down easily under a challenge from Conor Dymond.
But McCarthy said: "They were incensed about a lot of things. I don't mind that.
"Some management teams come down here and make a lot of noise and get incensed because we have some young referees and it can help. That's not a criticism.
"But we tend to do it the other way and we'll talk to the fourth official. It can work both ways.
"So actually if they'd been incensed about that one thing they'd have a case.
"But if you're incensed about everything during the game you lose some of your argument.
"I thought the referee showed excellent vision. It felt there might have been three fouls on Kane on the way through. I thought there was contact."