Bedlington Terriers manager Gary Innes blamed individual errors at key moments as his side collapsed in the second half against Bishop Auckland.
The home side led early on through Lee Scott, whose last goal came before Christmas, but two goals from the visitors in the final half hour saw them slip to another defeat.
Innes said: “It was a couple of individual errors once again which cost us, it seems to be that I’m saying the same things week in and week out.”
Innes was “pleased” that Scott managed to break his goal drought and claimed that his “ethics” and “work rate” were a positive from the game against the Two Blues.
He added: “It was a game of two halves and in the second half we weren’t there, the side stayed in the dressing room, we didn’t take any of our chances and we defended really poorly.
“I told them at half-time that the next goal would be massive in the game. If we got it we could have gone and scored three or four, but if they got it, it would give them a lift, which it did.”
The Terriers’ boss had told his side that he wanted to remain unbeaten at home for the remainder of the season, but the defeat has left him “disappointed”.
“Before today’s game I was hoping to go unbeaten at home in the remaining four games. At the end of the day, the lads are playing for their positions and for their places next season,” he said.
“For me, they need to be playing these games as if it the last game of the season, and they need to want to play for this club and they also need to finish the season on a high.”