Jack Pearce admitted there was little to enjoy about Bognor’s win on Wednesday night.
In fact, the Rocks boss was left scratching his head after witnessing his side scrape a 1-0 victory at BetVictor Premier strugglers Lewes.
It had started all so well, though, as Bognor eased into a second minute lead when James Crane did well to dig out a cross from the left and Tommy Leigh glanced his header low into the bottom right corner with goalkeeper Nathan Stroomberg-Clarke well beaten.
Bognor had other chances but Lewes grew into the game and had strong claims for a penalty turned down when Aaron Cosgrave went down under challenge from Jerry Puemo.
Keeper Amadou Tangara also kept out a Cosgrave header with an instinctive save in stoppage time as Rocks banked the points at the Dripping Pan.
Pearce said: “It was not a great game of football and the only pleasure I took out of it tonight was the result!”
Bognor, usually so composed on the ball, were guilty of gifting the Rooks possession too often.
Pearce said: “We had nine players who kept making mistakes and giving the ball away, which you don’t usually see from us.
“It was quite interesting as Keaton Wood had his best game of the season, while the keeper played very well.
“They were the only two players who came out of the game with real credit.
“The others all worked hard but were technically not very good on the night whereas those two were technically good in what they did.”
But Pearce did admit there were moments when Bognor did look like world beaters.
He said: “There were flashes every now and again when you wondered how the same players who kept passing to the opposition under no pressure surely could not be capable of that!
“There were flashes of brilliance but generally we weren’t on top of our game and we were a bit fortunate with their appeal for a penalty.
“On another day it could have gone for them.
“They are down there and when you’re struggling those decisions don’t seem to go your way.”
Bognor are back in action tomorrow at home to 12th-placed Bowers & Pitsea.
Defender Joe Cook, Jake Flannigan and Doug Tuck are still sidelined through injury.