Joint Assistant manager Danny Whitaker was left “absolutely speechless” after Macclesfield Town went down 4-1 against rivals Bury.
The Silkmen were sitting bottom of the table going into the match and found themselves on the receiving end of another heavy home defeat.
Whitaker, who is currently out on the sideline with a knee injury, believes the team weren’t good enough at Moss Rose.
“We knew, going into it, that it was going to be a tough game, even more so with it being a derby game,” he said.
“We knew there was going to be a big crowd here and we had to be at it from the off. We started alright, but then the goals, that we gave away, were shambolic. It wasn’t good enough.”
He continued: “They haven’t had to work hard for any goal, which is not good enough. You’ve got to go out there and want to work hard and want to stop the opposition from scoring. We gifted them four goals.”
Macclesfield have now conceded nine goals in their last two home games and have conceded 35 goals this season in League Two.
Whitaker thinks it could’ve been a different game if the team hadn’t conceded a third goal right on the stroke of half-time.
Whitaker added: “We were just absolutely devastated. You get back into it at 2-1 and you think ‘shut up shop’ and then we can get into half-time and regroup.
“We go and give that third away and it just crushes you because then you’ve got to go out, in the second-half, knowing you’ve got to be faultless and be at it to get back in the game.
“We actually did. We had half a chance. Scott Wilson’s chance flashed across the goal, if that goes in, it’s game on, anything can happen.
“The way it’s going with us at the minute, it goes blazing over and it stays at 3-1 and we don’t get back in it.”
The Silkmen have seven points from seventeen games and Whitaker stated that it’s down to the players to turn the clubs’ fortunes around.
“It’s down to them in there,” he said. “We’ve told them that they have to have that desire and that fire in their belly to stop the opposition.
“You might not be the best player in the world, but you can still do the ugly side of the game and do it to the best of your capabilities.
“You don’t have to be a good player to do that. We’ve told them in there that you won’t be a professional footballer for long, so don’t make it one season at League Two level because you probably won’t come back.”
Macclesfield are in Emirates FA Cup action next week, which will be a welcome break from the league and they face familiar opposition in Maidstone United.
Whitaker added: "It’s another game of football really, but it’ll be a tough test. Many of them know that it’s not easy going to places like that.
“We had to go there last season and put a shift in. If the players aren’t up to it, they’ll get found out. It’s all on them going down there and trying to keep that shirt.”