Eastleigh manager Ronnie Moore claimed Chester FC 'didn't have to do anything' to secure their stunning 3-0 victory at Ten Acres on Saturday.
The Blues produced a superb away performance to return to winning ways with goals from Kane Richards, Elliott Durrell and Jordan Chapell.
Moore, however, chose not to give Chester credit.
Instead he pointed the finger of blame squarely at his own Eastleigh side who, despite their vastly superior budget, are now just three points above the Blues.
Moore said: "You can't give away the goals we gave away. We're such a soft touch.
"It was self-destruct. They've not had a shot for the first 20 minutes. We've had all the ball, balls were going across their box, we've had how many crosses, but how many times did we hit the first man with the crosses?
"They get one opportunity and the lad on the ball picks his man out and they score.
"Then we go gung-ho when it's 1-0. While it's 1-0, keep the game to one, and we might get one in the 89th (minute), the 90th (minute), or we might go on and win the game.
"But you can't just throw both full-backs bombing on at the same time, leaving two v two.
"At this moment in time we are in danger of conceding goals when we have the ball.
"We gave it away in midfield, one ball through the middle, they get the penalty, and they score from it eventually.
"Then late on it looks like the lad has gone down injured, quick free kick, and we get caught.
"Anybody who wasn't here will think, '3-0, they've had a right tonking', but we haven't.
"It was self-destruct. They didn't have to do anything. We did it to ourselves."
Moore handed home debuts to club record signing Bondz N'Gala and on-loan Wycombe Wanderers goalkeeper Scott Brown.
But, with Eastleigh having scored one goal less than Chester this season, the former Tranmere Rovers boss added: "We need a goalscorer. We need a natural goalscorer. But where do you get them?
"That's the hard part. We've got five strikers at the moment but we need somebody week in, week out that when the opportunities do come... how many saves did their keeper make? Nobody was on the front foot."