Taken from Widnes Weekly News
Kev Towey refused to criticise his Widnes stars after they lost their third game in succession against Atherton Collieries on Saturday.
League leaders Atherton triumphed 2-1 at the Halton Stadium following second half goals from Jordan Cover and Connor Hughes. George Webster had initially handed the Whites an early lead.
The loss also means Widnes have won just once since returning to their traditional ground in February.
When asked about his side's performance, Towey said: "It's a hard one because first-half we were absolutely fantastic.
"Everything we did, if you'd have said at half-time what side is top of the league you wouldn't have said Atherton.
"That's no disrespect to Atherton but we've done everything we could to be at the top of our game and it stopped them from being at their best.
"In the second-half, our experience showed. There's last who are not versed at this level and Atherton were superior."
The player co-manager added: "They upped the tempo and their work-rate and overpowered us a little bit after half-time.
"Had we have had more experience that wouldn't have been the case I don't think.
"We could have managed the game a little better but I'm not going to heap any blame on the boys because there's young lads in there still learning."
Widnes now have the chance to return to winning ways at Kidsgrove Athletic tomorrow.
The Whites lost 1-0 in the reverse fixture earlier in the term but Athletic also suffered defeat last time out.
They went down by a single goal to Radcliffe on Saturday after winning three consecutive games by an aggregate 11-0 scoreline.
Widnes have four games remaining this season and could potentially finish as high as tenth during their maiden campaign in the Evo-Stik West.