CREWE slumped to their seventh successive league defeat after twice throwing away the advantage on Saturday.
The Division Two outfit looked ready to build on last week's cup success when they twice went ahead through Richard Ingemann and Adam Socha.
But two goals for Warrington just before the break left them trailing 3-2, and the Cumberland Arena side succumbed to further punishment in the second-half. Outstanding keeper Steve Harding prevented the scoreline from becoming even more embarrassing.
Boss Ian O'Reilly said: 'It is a difficult time at the club.
'We didn't really deserve to be ahead, but if we could have held on until half-time we could have sat them down and confidence would have started to build.
'But instead, they came in to the dressing room gutted and they couldn't turn it a round.
'To be fair, Warrington played very well and Steve Harding actually had a terrific game.
'We are trying out a few new faces, and it is no good me giving them just one or two games. They need a run to prover themselves. I can see some of the other lads getting disheartened but this is the way it has to be at the moment.
'There is only so much Gary Wood and I can do. The boys have to show the character and determination to turn it around. We can't do it for them.'
Ingemann's sweet strike opened the scoring, and Socha's breathtaking effort after being teed up by Dave Hanson made it 2-1.
Crewe were not helped when full-backs Mark Blackburn and Danny Massey both came off injured just before the interval, severely weakening a defence which quickly conceded two goals. They travel to face Golborne Sports on Saturday, hoping to avenge the 3-1 reverse earlier this month.