Nelson boss Alex Norwood accepts the better side won Tuesday’s Pendle derby.
The Admirals went down 2-1 to Barnoldswick Town at the Silentnight Stadium, after shipping two first half goals to Jonathan Hodgkinson.
Jay Hart pulled a goal back five minutes from time, but the Blues now sit 10 points from safety in the North West Counties League Premier Division, with 11 games to play.
Norwood said: “I think, on reflection, they were the better side. There is probably an argument we might have deserved a point for our second half performance, but the better side probably won.
“They started well and looked a decent side, but second half we looked after the ball a lot better.
“It’s easier to do that when you’re 2-0 down though, and the last three games we haven’t been good enough in possession.
“It’s a confidence thing, we have some really good players. We got a reaction in the second half though, which is something.”
He was delighted with his young centre backs – Cameron Lancaster and Robbie Jenkinson: “There were some positives, a few of the young lads - we had 17 and 18-year-old centre backs against Barnoldswick, probably the two best players in a Nelson shirt.
“One was at fault for both goals, and had his head in his shirt after the second, but Cammy delivered a performance after that that they thought made him our man of the match.”
Saturday saw Nelson exit the Macron Cup at the quarter-final stage, losing 3-1 at home to Chadderton, going 3-0 down within 36 minutes, before Hart pulled one back.
Norwood admitted: “Saturday was a strange one, it was a real bad day at the office. I couldn’t scrape the barrel for positives.
“We just weren’t good enough.”
The situation looks bleak at the bottom, but Norwood insists he and his players will give their all and see where it takes them: “We have to keep performing - if the performances aren’t right, the gap won’t shorten.
“Our focus remains on performances, and they’ve not been good enough.
“Staying up is probably a long shot, but no one is downing tools.”
Ne,son are at Winsford United tomorrow: “We played Winsford recently and if we were still playing wouldn’t have got anything, but it’s another opportunity to get points.”