Inter Allies coach Kenneth Koomsom says his team's downfall on Sunday was as a result of giving too much respect to Hearts of Oak.
The Premier League debutants handed the Phobians a late scare but in the end lost 3-2 - their third consecutive defeat in the Ghanaian top flight.
Inter Allies were 3-1 at halftime - with many believing Hearts were on their way to wrapping up a comfortable win at the Tema Park.
But Koomson's men got themselves back into the game to set up a nervy finish for their visitors.
It was however two little too late as the experienced Hearts side held on for the vital win following last week's disappointing defeat in the Super Clash againstAsante Kotoko.
Coach Koomson however believes his young team's undoing was giving way too much respect to their opposition.
"Believe me, if we had taken our chances in the first half, it would have been a different story," he said after the game.
"That [giving Hearts too much respect] is what my boys did and it cost us in the end."
Allies next travel to face struggling New Edubiase as they go in search of their first Premier League point.