Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin said it felt like a hole had swallowed his side up in Saturday’s 4-1 defeat by Alfreton Town.
The victory took improving Alfreton up to 11th place in Vanarama National League North with a run of three wins and a draw from four games but leaves Saints winless in six and still in the bottom three.
Saints took a deserved lead into the break through Steve Diggin but after the restart goals from Sam Jones and captain Dan Bradley turned it around. Captain Ryan Austin was sent off for a challenge on Bradley before Ryan Wilson and an own goal from Pablo Mills confirmed Saints’ fate.
The Saints boss said: “We had loads of endeavour but it is about managing games and poor decision-making.
“We bossed the first half and should have been two up with the chances we had. They started the second half strongly and we needed to see out that opening spell.
“After conceding one we conceded again so soon and the game turned on its head, then the red card and it felt like a hole swallowing us up. We kept three at the back and continued to go for it and conceded two more so it feels terrible.”