After back-to-back wins over the festive period, Crewe Alexandra started the New Year with a 3-1 defeat at Bury.
Chris Porter opened the scoring after just three minutes.
But the home side hit back in the second half.
Caolan Lavery equalised five minutes after the restart.
A penalty from Jay O'Shea then put the home side ahead just before the hour mark with a penalty.
O'Shea then sealed victory with his side's third goal 14 minutes from time.
Speaking to the club's official website manager Dave Artell said: “We gave it a right good go today and I cannot fault the effort of the players. They kept going and even at the end we had a couple of half chances but you also have to credit Bury, they are a good side and have good players. They have one outstanding player in Danny Mayor and he has won them the game.
“We played him well in the first half and he didn’t have too much influence but we didn’t handle him in the second half. To let him come inside once is not good enough but to let him do it three times is criminal.
“He has hit the post for the first one and the lad has a tap in. He does it again to win a penalty and then slips O’Shea in for a third. Mayor was the difference but we worked on containing him. We did it in training and went though it on the DVD. That’s indefensible at home or away.
“It is preventable but we didn’t do what we did well in the first half in the second and that is what has cost us.
The manager didn’t believe that the injury to Paul Green just before half-time wasn’t the reason for the defeat.
The boss said: “Paul said he felt something after the lad caught him as he went to plant his foot down. He said he felt his knee wobble and that it felt a bit strange but he managed to get to his feet and play on. He thought he was OK, but we said that if there was any doubt that he come off.
“A few minutes later he came over and said he needed to come off. That was a sensible and brave decision and we will have to assess how he is.
“I don’t think losing Paul was the reason we lost the game. I thought Tom came on and did well, he was fine. Of course, you miss a 35-year-old pro with great experience but we have had to play a lot of games this season without him and you have to get on with it.”
Crewe are 15th in the table and are back in action on Saturday when they make the trip to Morecambe.