Colchester United manager Joe Dunne made no excuses for his side after they were beaten 2-0 at home by Oldham Athletic.
The U’s have now lost six of their last seven matches in all competitions and lie just four points above the relegation zone in League One, following their latest setback.
Goals from Jean-Yves M’Voto and a Brian Wilson own goal gave the Latics a well-deserved victory, at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Dunne said: “It wasn’t good enough and it was very disappointing, especially as we had two weeks without a game prior to it.
“They had a bit of break from it but we didn’t pass it well enough.
“We changed it at half-time and went to 4-4-2 and I asked them to be brave but I don’t think that worked, either.
“We conceded a freak goal and it’s probably one that’s going to be shown over and over again and we’re going to be laughed at.
“The keeper made a good save but there were slow reactions and it was like it went in in slow motion.
“Nobody seemed to take responsibility to get to it and it’s in the back of the net.”
For a full match report, pictures and more reaction to the U’s defeat against Oldham, see Monday’s Gazette.