CREWE FC manager Ian O'Reilly said he was 'disgusted' with his players after they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Styal on Saturday.
After the highs of beating defending champions Barnton seven days earlier, Crewe were guilty of complacency against one of the Mid-Cheshire League Division One's lesser lights.
'Perhaps I expect too much of the players but I was disgusted with them. It was absolutely awful,' said O'Reilly. 'They obviously thought the game was won once they turned up.
'We became frustrated and niggly and ended up having five players booked and one sent-off, and the referee was spot-on with every one of his decisions.'
Styal took a first-half lead when goal-keeper Steve Harding caught a high ball under pressure from an opposing forward but left his foot up and caught his opponent.
The referee awarded a penalty and Harding was beaten from the spot.
As Crewe's frustrations began to take hold, Steve Parker was sent off 10 minutes after the break.
'It often happens in football for some reason, but once we went down to 10 men, we started to play,' said O'Reilly.
Lee Westwood produced a stunning equaliser and only three outstanding saves from the Styal goalkeeper prevented Crewe salvaging three points from a poor performance.
O'Reilly said: 'I suppose it's something we didn't lose but we really should be beating sides like Styal. They worked hard but they were a poor team and we were no better on the day. Perhaps that is why we are a mid-table team.
With Graham Taylor, Liam O'Reilly and Gavin Day all available for this Saturday's home game against Golborne Sports, O'Reilly admits he is tempted to ring the changes.
'I've told the players I might swap it about. I'm just deciding whether to give the players another chance or give others an opportunity to do better.' Crewe's second string drew 0-0 with Reserve Division title hopefuls Middlewich Town last midweek.