Graham Turner was today attempting to pick up the pieces of the “most inept performance” in his second stint as Shrewsbury Town manager.
Last night’s 3-1 defeat at home to Yeovil means Shrewsbury have lost four of their last six home games while they have just two victories in 13 outings in all competitions.
Town remain out of the League One relegation zone but Turner offered a frank assessment of his side’s latest display as they conceded three goals for the second time in four days.
“We’ve got to be honest and say it’s probably the most inept performance since I’ve been at the club,” said Turner, who returned to Shrewsbury in the summer of 2010.
“You can’t give the opposition a goal start like we did. After that, you could see they were nice and relaxed and confident.
“They let us have it in certain areas and we barely troubled them.
“It’s a consequence of the start we had and we have done it several times this season when we have given silly early goals away – but that one was unforgivable.
“It contributed to a very, very poor performance.
“It’s the fewest chances we have created in any of the games and we didn’t deserve anything out of it.
“The players will be the first to admit we were way, way beneath the level we should be.”
The defeat adds pressure to Saturday’s home clash against a Colchester side who have won their last three games.
And Turner, who is continuing his hunt for further loan signings, is now seeking a major turnaround in performance levels from last night.
“We have another game on Saturday and it’s how players deal with that because we are under a bit of pressure now,” he added.
“You want people to come out and stand tall and perform. We don’t want one or two players going under and ducking and hiding.”
Town’s entire squad wore Kick It Out T-shirts in support of the campaign against racism in their pre-match warm-up.
Shrewsbury’s youngsters are in FA Youth Cup action at Coventry tonight. Their first round encounter gets under way at the Richo Arena at 7pm.