Martin McIntosh said Eastwood CFC 'did a job' on his Ilkeston Town side on Saturday after the Robins were beaten 2-1 in the FA Vase.
Eastwood, who play a step below the Robins in the pyramid, soaked up large spells of pressure before hitting Ilkeston twice on the break to score the goals that won them the game.
And McIntosh, whilst acknowledging his side hadn't done enough to get something from the game, paid tribute to Eastwood for their display.
He said: "They've done a job on us today. They threw themselves in front of everything and then managed to produce two very well-worked goals and after the second, we never recovered.
"Had we got ourselves in front in the first-half I think we'd have won the game, but they kept themselves in it and punished us when they got their chances.
"We've had this coming recently as we've been falling behind too often in games and now we've paid the price. It's disappointing as we wanted to progress in this competition but just didn't have the attacking ideas late in the game."
McIntosh can now turn his attention back to Ilkeston's promotion challenge. He added: "We have to learn the lessons from today and put it behind us as we have a tough trip to Westfields next week."