Micky Adams branded Tranmere’s performance against Cheltenham “unbelievable”, and not in a good way.
He was left questioning the hunger of his players as they slumped to a fourth defeat in six, and dropped perilously close to the relegation zone.
In truth, Rovers, a far cry from the side who beat then league leaders Shrewsbury seven days ago, never looked like winning this one.
And Adams was left speechless at full-time by what he had just witnessed.
“What can I say?” he said.
“We started poorly; didn’t get anywhere near them in the first twenty minutes, which is unbelievable really.
“We got exactly what we deserved: nothing.
“In these games, the first goal’s all important and the first goal gave them a massive lift.
“It deflated us somewhat.
“But we can’t take anything away from Cheltenham.
“They’ve stuck to their game plan and deserved their win.”
The Rovers boss was left cursing his luck again as he had to switch up his starting line up.
Three changes were made, two of them enforced due to injuries to Josh Thompson and Rob Taylor.
And Adams reckons that had a major effect.
“We’re juggling the side around again,” he added.
“We’ve lost Thompson and Taylor, Liam Ridehalgh had a back injury and wasn’t really 100% fit.
“We can’t keep changing the side, but at this moment in time we’re forced to.
“But I’m not making excuses again. We’ve not been good enough here today.”
The third man to miss out was Marc Laird, man of the match last week in a three-man midfield.
Adams says he was dropped to go with a more aggressive line up.
“We picked an attacking side,” he continued.
“We went 4-4-2, we thought we had the players to perform that.
“But we struggled with it for some reason, which is really strange because we’ve got the players to play it.
“What can I say? We’ve got to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and move on again.”
It’s Tranmere’s third 2-0 defeat to teams around them in the relegation battle in just a handful of weeks.
Rivals Carlisle, York and now Cheltenham have all out-played Rovers, and Adams thinks that’s simply a question of hunger.
“They’ve wanted it more than we have,” he admitted.
“We’ve got to stop playing as individuals.
“We know we’ve got some decent players, but we’ve got to gel them together. At this moment in time, we’ve a long way from that.”