EASTBOURNE Borough boss Gary Wilson shouldered the blame after watching his side crumble in the second half against Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday night.
Boro dominated procedings in the first half and took a deserved lead through striker Ben Watson.
But a host of missed chances and sloppy defending saw the visitors level against the run of play through former Boro’ loanee Kayne McLaggon.
Boro competed well in an open second-half but never troubled the away keeper and the Angels snatched victory thanks to a superb volley from Lee Browning.
“We looked tired in the second half and I should have acted quicker and changed it around.
“We were being overrun slightly and perhaps a few changes would have made a difference.
“In hindsight I should have changed it and I have to take the responsibility for that.
“We let it slip to be honest. The game should have been dead and buried in the first half but they got back in it.
“We missed chances and once again conceded a soft goal.
“That’s five goals in two games now and we have to get back to defending properly once again.”
Boro began well as striker Carl Rook headed on to the crossbar on seven minutes after Simon Johnson’s midfield challenge looped into the box.
Four minutes later Watson forced a decent save from Lee Worgan after a flowing move from defence to attack. Worgan then saved well from Matt Crabb before the home side deservedly opened the scoring.
Rook sprang the Tonbridge offside trap and rolled the ball to Crabb. His cross was half cleared but Watson produced a sharp finish from 15 yards to give Boro a 29th minute lead.
Tonbridge’s Sonny Mills had a goal disallowed for offside and McLaggon fired over from a shot on the turn.
Watson should have added a second when he blazed over with the goal at his mercy and the visitors punished the error.
McLaggon was the first to react to a 44th-minute long throw into the box and tapped beyond Banks from close range.
The second half was an open affair and it was Tonbridge who added a second with Browning’s superb 70th minute winner.
Eastbourne Borough: Banks 6, Baker 6 (Strevett 83), Rowe 6, Elphick 7, Cole 6, Brinkhurst 6, Hutchinson 5, Johnson 7, Crabb 6 (Charman 84), Watson 6 (Camara 79), Rook 6.
Subs not used: Smart, Masters
Booked: Hutchinson (81)
Tonbridge Angels: Worgan, Walder, Heath, Browning (Kember 85), Judge, Miles, Boateng, Storey, Olorunda (Suarez 75), Collin, McLaggon (Beecroft 79)
Subs not used: Andrews, Henry
Booked: Browning 33,
MoM: Simon Johnson – competitive and good range of passing
Referee: Mr I Crouch