Bury manager Kevin Blackwell blamed the financial situation at Gigg Lane for his side’s loss away at Crewe Alexandra.
The Shakers created chances – Troy Hewitt and David Worrall both came close – but Bradden Inman’s 88th-minute winner for the Railwaymen means Bury are yet to win a match this month.
With the club currently under a transfer embargo from the Football League – after taking out a short-term loan with the PFA – Blackwell admitted there was nothing he could do.
“It is obvious where the problems are,” he said.
“As a manager I have tightened things up and we look a decent side but we need to make changes, but I can't bring anyone in.
"I don't know what the financial situation is and that's the problem. You need to ask the people in charge of the club.
“They are the wise men and seem to know what's going on – I don't. It's frustrating because I know what a good manager I am and what I can do."
QPR loanee Hewitt saw his fifth minute shot sail over the Crewe goal while midfielder Worrall had his cross-cum-shot tipped over the bar two minutes before the break.
Hewitt forced another save from Crewe goalkeeper Alan Martin on 65 minutes, before Inman netted for the home side two minutes from time – much to the bemusement of Blackwell.
“With the chances we have had I can't believe we haven't won the game, let alone lost it,” he added.
"We were fantastic but all the good work we put in was wasted when we let ourselves get mugged in the last minute.”
The Shakers host fellow League Two strugglers Shrewsbury next Saturday, and Bury will be hoping to celebrate their first home win in six weeks before the busy Christmas schedule.