Morecambe boss Jim Bentley said he was “embarrassed” by his side’s 5-0 humbling at Plymouth on Saturday.
The Home Park defeat was the biggest of the captain-turned-manager’s time in charge and means the Shrimps are now 10 League 2 games without a win.
The tight bottom half means Bentley and his players are now anxiously looking over their shoulders in 15th - just seven points above the Football League trap door.
The Shrimps boss said: “I’m not happy. It’s embarrassing, it’s hard to take but we’ve got to stand up and be counted.
“We’ve taken a good beating today. Credit where credit’s due, Plymouth are in good form and we watched them at Fleetwood on Tuesday so we knew what to expect.
“We started the game quite brightly and could have got our noses in front but once the first goal went in we seemed to collapse.
“We’re lacking a little confidence at the moment, we looked nervy, disjointed. We were all over the show to be fair and it was just too easy to play against us.
“We didn’t do the ugly side like we did on our unbeaten run earlier in the season when we were hard to play against and that’s just dipped a little bit and at this level if it does dip you’ll find yourselves getting your pants pulled down and that’s certainly what happened today and it’s not acceptable.
“As a group we’ve got to take full responsibility. It’s not acceptable for the fans who have travelled or for the staff or for each other.
“It’s a bad day at the office, we’ve had a few words and we’ve got a big week ahead of us.”