Coach Solomon Ogbeide says he opted to drop Anthony Okpotu and Samad Kadiri from Lobi Stars' starting line-up in their 2-1 loss at Nasarawa United as he has no superstar.
Before the defeat in Lafia, the Pride of Benue recorded three wins in a row to clinch the top spot and were aiming to maintain their impressive form against Kabiri Dogo's men.
But they bowed to the Solid Miners following the absence of the experienced duo from his starting XI last Sunday, coach Ogbeide accepts responsibility for his side's latest slip.
“It was a good match, we played but three things happen in a game - either you win, lose or draw," Ogbeide told Goal.
"I don't have a permanent first-team player or a superstar. A player cannot always do well in every game. If you see David Tyavkase scored my goal in our last win and others were on the bench.
"Before any match, I study the opponent I'm going to play, look at their pattern of play and look at the characteristics of my players that can feature in the match.
"So you may play well last week, and find yourself sitting on the bench. Whatever happens in a game if you get it right or wrong, it is always on the coach. The tactics were alright.
"The loss will not derail our ambitions. We have a vision and are very determined though we know we cannot keep winning without losing.
"When you're writing a sentence and putting in a coma, that doesn't mean that's it has come to an end. So, we are happy we lost to Nasarawa United.
"We know verily that must go back to the drawing board to assess our game and find out what was responsible for our loss and try to solve it in our next match against Rivers United."
Reacting to his forward's dismissal after a brawl, he said: "Okpotu's red card was from the officiating perspective and I cannot comment on it.
"All I saw was that he was down and the referee [Paul Umuago] came and gave them the red card. The referee is the arbitral and they know better than us."
League leaders Lobi Stars have 23 points from 13 games, and would target a victory against Rivers United at the Aper Aku Stadium on Sunday in their quest to stay put atop.