Blyth Spartans manager Tom Wade criticised the Workington playing surface after his side’s defeat in midweek.
However, he also accepted his side failed to perform as they lost 2-0 to their nearest challengers in the Evo-Stik premier division.
He said: “We had a bad day at the office.
“The pitch was awful – really heavy. The worst I’ve seen in several seasons.
“It wasn’t the reason we lost, however it was the reason we didn’t play well. We couldn’t keep our feet. It was the kind of pitch which kills a footballing side like us.
“We didn’t play well but you have to consider that we had five players out who would probably have started the game.
“When you lose half a team it’s going to be tough.
“I thought Damen Mullen and Wadey [Matthew Wade] were outstanding in the middle. But we needed more effort across the park like they showed.
“We’re just looking forward to playing Workington again later in the season at Croft Park on a good surface.”
Central defender Nathan Buddle is due to play the last game of his loan spell from Gateshead on Saturday at Hyde United.
However, Wade revealed that discussions with the Tynesiders are ongoing this week in a bid to extend his stay at Croft Park.
Following Saturday’s trip to Greater Manchester the Green and Whites welcome Ikeston to Croft Park on Tuesday, February 9, kick-off 7.45pm.