Ashington FC boss Gary Middleton thought his side got what they deserved in the 4-0 defeat at Guisborough Town on Saturday.
And he felt the reverse was self inflicted.
“I was bitterly disappointed with the contribution from the group of players,” he said.
“We shot ourselves in the foot with the first goal by giving the ball away on the halfway line, and then to be fair we have had two or three really good chances in the first half to get ourselves back in the game.
“However, over the 90 minutes I thought we failed to stay close to them and stop them from playing, and I thought we lacked discipline at times as in not staying with runners as they passed it to move.
“Guisborough bossed it because of our implications of not being able to defend properly.
“And that was not just in the box, it was across midfield too – and I thought we lacked that throughout.
“We got what we deserved and that was nothing.
“The second goal was the killer, but to be fair there was only going to be one winner.
“We put in a half decent performance in a 2-0 win against Durham City on Tuesday and it’s one stride forward and three back.”