BURY boss Chris Casper said Wednesday's defeat to Chester felt like a 'kick in the teeth'.
A late penalty from Simon Yeo - awarded after the wily former Lincoln striker had been fouled by Bury's Chester-born defender Dave Challinor - wrapped up the three points for City at the Saunders Honda Stadium.
Moments earlier, Glynn Hurst had missed a good chance for Bury after John Danby pushed out Andy Bishop's shot.
Casper said: 'We've had a chance 20 seconds beforehand so that was a kick in the teeth.
'Dave Challinor had got a bit tight to Yeo. Dave was magnificent, but Yeo's clever like that and maybe slowed down and took the penalty. But good centre-forwards will do that.'
Casper added: 'I thought we had the better chances to be fair. If one team was going to win it towards the end, I thought it was us. I thought a draw was a fair result.'
After a terrible first half, Chester showed a marked improvement in the second period and came close to breaking the deadlock before Yeo's late winner.
City boss Mark Wright knows there is still plenty of room for improvement.
'The performances haven't been as electric or as dominant as we would have liked,' he admitted, 'but we're picking up points.'
Having lost hard-working strikers Jon Walters and Gregg Blundell in the transfer window, Wright has tried to make changes to his team's style of play.
He sees the arrival of on-loan Everton midfielder Alan Kearney, who made his full debut on Wednesday, as a major plus.
Wright said: 'Alan Kearney came in and I don't think he gave the ball away once. He did a lot of good things and gave us retention of the ball, which is something that's been missing.
'We're a different side now. We have to be patient with everything we do. We were spoilt with Jon Walters and Gregg Blundell. All of us have to be a bit more patient. A lot of people will see we've worked at keeping the ball at the back and good use of the ball.'
Wednesday's match at the Saunders Honda Stadium was the first meeting between Chester and Bury since the Shakers were kicked out of the FA Cup for fielding an ineligible player in their second-round victory over the Blues.
But there was no sign of any on-field animosity between the two clubs as City notched up their first home win since December 9.