Truro City captain Jake Ash says the transfer embargo that the club are under contributed to their 2-1 defeat at home to Sutton United.
Andy Watkins gave City a fourth-minute lead before Simon Downer levelled.
Truro had only one substitute and after Marcus Martin was injured they were reduced to 10 men when Watkins was forced off in the second half.
"When you can't bring a sub on that's the sort of thing that happens in pub football," Ash told BBC Radio Cornwall.
"It's documented the difficult situation we're in and that exacerbated it, and it's one of the reasons we conceded as late as we did."
Truro are still after going into administration.
But Ash says he was impressed by City's Peter Masters and Philip Perryman, who met with the squad after the match.
And players were told that a deal to take over the club could be done very soon.
"Hopefully next week we could see something really good for the football club and a takeover take place," he added.
"As a group we're very impressed by Mr Masters and Mr Perryman.
"They've shown a real understanding of the situation and we've come to an agreement whereby the players are happy.
"They seem really genuine, they're really open, really honest and I just desperately hope they can complete a deal because I can see a future for the club with them in charge."