Macarthur coach Ante Milicic says his side got the result their performance deserved after slipping to a 3-1 defeat against Wellington Phoenix on Sunday.
The Bulls are priced at 8/1 to win the A-League minor premiership this season but their hopes suffered a setback following the defeat at Campbelltown Stadium.
Macarthur were lucky to be only trailing 1-0 at half-time as the Nix missed some glorious chances to put the game to bed in the first 45 minutes.
The Bulls were back in it when Ulises Davila scored against his former club to cancel out Reno Piscopo's opener but they could not kick on from there.
Jaushua Sotirio made up for his first-half misses by scoring two goals to wrap up the win and Milicic was disappointed to say the least.
"Just thought we were off the pace to be honest," Milicic told reporters after the game. "Just thought we weren’t sharp enough, we just gave the ball away in the areas where we shouldn’t of.
"[We] didn’t win the second ball, but we defended poorly. We just gave away too many chances, particularly in transition.
"In the end we knew it would be difficult coming off such a long break that we did and backing up for us we just weren’t there today, so obviously disappointed with the performance and with that performance that’s the result you get."
Macarthur return to action against Central Coast Mariners on Thursday and Milicic says it is important they forget the defeat and bounce back at Central Coast Stadium.
"Today we were poor, wasn’t our day, but we dust ourselves off and we’ll regroup and we’ll go again," he added.