De Graafschap remain rooted to the foot of the Eredivisie table after defeat at NEC Nijmegen today.
Going into the match two points behind Excelsior, Richard Roelofsen's men knew a three-point haul would lift them off the bottom of the pile.
But goals either side of the break from Lasse Schone and Genero Zeefuik ensured that mid-table NEC coasted to a comfortable success, aided by Lion Kaak's dismissal just prior to half-time.
They dictated the game from the off and could have been ahead inside 60 seconds had Navarone Foor not failed to connect with Kevin Conboy's cross with the goal gaping.
The opening goal came after 12 minutes, though, with Schone taking a touch, racing ahead and finishing after Zeefuik had held play up and laid him in.
The same duo linked up again just three minutes later, with Zeefuik holding off the attentions of Jan-Paul Saeijs before playing in Schone whose effort was deflected over.
NEC poured forward and Krisztian Vadocz's header was saved by Joost Terol, before De Graafschap registered their first effort, with Michael de Leeuw hitting just wide.
The home side regained control and Schone and Zeefuik played a one-two which resulted in the former drilling just off target.
NEC's form was worry enough for De Graafschap, but that was added to when Kaak was dismissed three minutes before the break for a studs-up challenge on Ryan Koolwijk.
The one-way traffic continued after the break with Conboy's free-kick well saved by Terol and, immediately after, it was 2-0.
Leroy George was the architect, picking up Zeefuik's run and the impressive forward did the rest from just inside the area.
It could have been three shortly after had Terol not made a stunning save to deny Zeefuik's close-range volley and that was how the game would finish, with the visiting stopper repelling all that was thrown at him.
Foor pulled the ball down and rifled in a shot that was saved and Vadocz was denied by the keeper's fingertips from distance as NEC did everything but add a sealing third.