Micky Adams slammed his Tranmere defenders once again as failure to deal with a simple set-piece cost them dearly against Northampton.
Ryan Cresswell’s second half header from a corner was enough to consign Rovers to a fourth defeat in a row on the road.
And Adams was fuming that, as with Cheltenham a fortnight ago, a man was allowed to nod home unchallenged.
“We switched off,” he said.
“Poor free kick to give away in the first place. Having said that, we should do better defending it.
“We didn’t and got punished.
“That’s the difference between the two teams, the one free-kick.”
The manager was also left steaming after a foul on Jennison Myrie-Williams in the first half went unpunished.
“I think everybody in the ground thought it was a penalty, apart from the man that mattered,” he added.
“Was it a turning point? Well it would certainly have given us a lift up.”
It has been a tough seven days for Rovers as they stewed over last week’s defeat to Dagenham.
Adams felt his players benefitted from a week of training and they looked more solid at the back at Sixfields.
The boss denies that that came at the detriment to their attacking game, but admits going forward Tranmere simply were not good enough.
“I though we defended better, we were more resolute,” he continued.
“We looked to have a better shape in terms of the back four.
“Having said that, we haven’t scored again.
“We’ve not really tested their goalkeeper enough again, which is hard to work out when you’ve got so many attacking players.
“We’ve certainly got the players that can hurt teams if you can get decent balls in the final third.”
It is now five losses in a row for Tranmere, but this form is nothing new.
In fact, since Rovers beat Brentford 2-1 on 19th January 2013 to maintain their top at the place of League One, they have played 100 league games, losing 53 of them.
Of course nowhere near all of that can be attributed to the current squad.
And with ten matches remaining to save their season, Adams is looking at the remaining fixtures and turning the form around in just one way.
“I just want a win a game,” he continued.
“We’re no worse off than we were at the start of the game, that’s the good thing.
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and move on to Cambridge.
“I’m not going to deny, I think we’ve had problems in the dressing room.
“Hopefully we’ve sorted that.
“Those conversations stay behind closed doors, absolutely.”