Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels bemoaned the conditions at Rugby Park following his side's 2-1 victory against St Mirren.
Danny Racchi's last-minute goal secured Killie's win and moved them above the Buddies in the Scottish Premier League.
"All I can do is apologise to the fans who came to see entertaining football," said Shiels.
"You can see the desire was there to play good football but the game lacked some quality."
Shiels had to watch his side battle back from behind after Lee Mair opened the scoring after 10 minutes. Paul Heffernan levelled before Racchi's sublime winner.
"The pitch won the game as it stopped our flow," said Shiels.
"In the first 20 minutes St Mirren taught us a football lesson. But I am really pleased to have won the game as I have been on the other side of the fence this season where we dominated matches that we ended up drawing.
"St Mirren have fantastic depth within our squad and we were missing some big players that fit perfectly into our squad too.
"We had to resort to playing route-one football and that eventually earned us the winning goal, it was a fantastic finish from Danny."
Meanwhile, Shiels says he hopes to keep son Dean at Killie but admits there is "a bit of an impasse" in negotiations with his parent club Doncaster.