Cottesmore Amateurs were knocked out of the Leicestershire Senior League’s Beacon Bitter Cup on Saturday.
Amateurs lost 6-1 at Birstall United with player-boss Gary Drake scoring a late consolation for the Rutlanders who were again reduced to 10 men.
Martin Smith was given his marching orders after receiving a second card for applauding the referee in what the official felt was a sarcastic manner.
Joint boss Steve Duffy said: “The referee did us no favours but we can’t keep on blaming the referee.
“When the chips are down it’s easy to blame someone else but we have to look at ourselves.”
Cottesmore were only one goal down at half-time but after conceding the second to a penalty for a handball that they felt was harsh, the game slipped away from the Rutland side.
“We had about six booked but there wasn’t really a bad challenge in the game,” said Duffy.
“Everything they hit went in but we just have to move on and try to pick up points against Highfield on Saturday.”
Cottesmore: Jordan King, Callum Pauley, Richard Giblin, Andy teare, Martin Smith, Harry Stannard, Ian Harrison (Chris Shaw), Gary Drake, Fred Stannard, Dave Gordon, Alex Brown (Scott Harrison).