Yeovil assistant manager Terry Skiverton was left “bitterly disappointed” with both his team’s defending and a key refereeing decision in their 3-2 defeat at Tranmere.
The unbeaten League One leaders were left reeling by first-half goals from Paddy Madden and Sam Foley.
However, the Glovers pressed the self-destruct button and crumbled under Rovers’ attacking pressure, James Wallace and Jake Cassidy levelling either side of the break before Danny Holmes sealed the points after Joe Edwards’ red card.
Skiverton said: “We are disappointed with the first goal. I think we gave away too many free-kicks in that little spell in the first half and in the second half it was a little bit more of the same.
“To come here and run them so close in the first half, we will take that into the game on Tuesday night (against Torquay in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy).
“But it was just the manner of the goals that we were bitterly disappointed with.”
Former boss Skiverton had no complaints with Edwards’ dismissal, but suggested Tranmere should have been reduced to ten men themselves.
Wallace escaped with a booking after appearing to lash out at Korey Smith, who was also shown a yellow card.
“I think there has been a big push for people not diving,” said Skiverton.
“Korey Smith could have rolled around on the floor and brought so much more attention to it, but he didn’t, he took it like a man and then all of a sudden he gets a yellow card.
“The boy (Wallace) is in the changing room saying he did catch him with his elbow and those sorts of decisions go one way when you are playing top of the league and when they should be going your way Yeovil don’t get them.
“That is something we are bitterly disappointed with because it is something we are trying to stamp out.
“We are trying to stop people conning others and when they get it right and they don’t fall around on the floor nothing gets done about it.
“So we will look at that and be asking the referee for clarification on our feedback form.”
Yeovil will play Wycombe at home in the area quarter-finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy if they beat Torquay at Plainmoor tomorrow night.