ABS FC head coach Henry Makinwa admitted his side crumbled 1-0 to an experienced Kano Pillars and stressed the former champions truly deserved to win on Sunday.
A late strike from Adamu Mohammed was all the coach Kadiri Ikhana's men needed to emerge victorious against a stubborn Sakari Boys at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.
ABS still find themselves trailing leaders Plateau United by four points, but Makinwa was adamant nothing has been lost just yet.
"It was a very contested and tough game," Makinwa told Goal.
"Both teams tried to we win. And to me, they [Kano Pillars] scored a good goal. I think it was the lack of experience shown by my team.
'We were trying to score to win. In the last 15 minutes of the game, there was tension and a point would have been better to play for than trying to win.
"But we wanted to win and we were just running up and down, and in the process, they scored us.
"Kano Pillars were looking for the goals till the 90 minutes. I want to believe Kano Pillars did the job better.
"I think Kano Pillars deserved to win due to their experienced players.
"In our next game, we will focus on working on our strategies and ensure we bounce back to winning ways at home against MFM."