ALSAGER Town manager Dean Stokes says his young team must learn to play 'ugly' football if they want to collect maximum points.
The Bullets threw away a two-goal lead against Harrogate on Saturday in a game Stokes described as a 'must-win'.
He said: 'Sometimes you've got to play the ugly type of football to get the three points and they didn't do that on Saturday.
'After the game I tried to explain that they must play to the conditions and that the three points are sometimes more important than playing particularly well. They're still young though, so they'll learn.'
Peter Heler put the home side in the lead on 20 minutes and a penalty from Chris Budrys set Town up for a certain win with just 15 minutes to go.
But a lack of concentration and some poor defending let the visitors back into the game. Karl Espley put the ball in his own net from a Harrogate corner and the game was levelled up three minutes later.
Alsager were hanging on for the last 10 minutes but could have won it through substitute Fraser Robinson, who shot wide with just minutes left.
Stokes added: 'I was disappointed with the result because we should have had it dead and buried before half-time. We certainly had plenty of chances.
'We go 2-0 up, but a couple of minutes later we lose concentration and score a poor own goal. A lack of concentration has led to their second and after that we were hanging on.
'In hindsight, it was probably a fair result but we should be wrapping the game up after taking a two-goal lead.'
Next up is Woodley Sports at home on Saturday. Stokes said: 'Woodley are very good up front with a lot of pace but we'll be up for that game.'