Corby Town bosses Andrew Wilson and Tommy Wright blasted the performance of referee Ben Cooke after their 2-0 home defeat to Calor League Premier Division leaders Hemel Hempstead Town.
The Steelmen were already trailing at Steel Park when central defender Paul Malone was sent off for two bookable offences, which came in the space of four first-half minutes.
Corby put in a spirited display after that but the Tudors grabbed a second goal and the hosts’ misery was compounded when Wright also saw red for two bookings late on.
But it was the referee’s general display which angered the two managers with Wilson describing some of the decisions as “disgusting”.
“It’s always disappointing to lose any game of football,” Wilson said.
“I am not one that would normally chastise referees or officials but he has absolutely killed the game. Some of his decisions were disgusting.
“I spoke to the assessor at half-time and he took the words out of my mouth when he said that all the 50-50s seemed to be going their way. They went their way in the second half as well.”
And Wright, who was given his marching orders in stoppage-time, was equally as angry, although he admitted he had few complaints about Malone’s first-half red card.
“The sending-off affected our game because we had to sacrifice having Greg Mills up there with me and that left me a bit isolated,” Wright said.
“And Paul Malone is a key player for us so to lose someone like him is always a big blow.
“I think Paul knows he could have avoided it. He has kicked the ball away for the first one and he didn’t need to make the challenge for the second.
“We can’t have any complaints about that but the referee still had an appalling game.
“With mine, I don’t really think I deserved the first yellow. I couldn’t avoid the goalkeeper and I said that to the referee. And I didn’t touch their lad for the second one so it is frustrating.”
Wilson, meanwhile, was disappointed with the first goal his team conceded but he was left believing the Steelmen were “the better footballing team” despite the defeat.
“I thought we started the game better than them without really creating anything clear-cut,” Wilson added.
“They have scored a goal when we haven’t reacted quickly enough to them winning possession and that is something we addressed to the group afterwards that when we lose possession, we have to have more urgency in regaining our shape.
“You can see why they are top of the table. When they attack they all attack except their two centre-halves and the goalkeeper and when they defend, they all defend except for the two centre-forwards.
“You can see why they are doing well but I still thought we were the better footballing team.”