Assistant manager Alan Rogers slammed Tranmere’s players after their shocking second half display resulted in a 3-0 defeat against Oxford.
The former Rovers full-back took the post match press conference instead of under fire boss Micky Adams.
It is now four games without a goal and 19 without a clean sheet for the Prenton Park outfit, who remain bottom of the Football League.
And Rogers insists it is the squad who are to blame for their shambolic run of form, not the backroom staff
“I’m dumfounded by the second half performance,” Rogers said.
“We huffed and puffed in the first half but never really looked like scoring again.
“Second half, we couldn’t have had a worse start.
“We conceded, but then you’ve got to have a bit of mental strength about you and make sure you’re tight for the next ten minutes and try and get back in the game.
“But to concede a second after a minute, it’s not acceptable and it’s not good enough.”
Results elsewhere actually went Tranmere’s way, as Hartlepool and Cheltenham both lost.
So this could be classed as an opportunity missed for Rovers, a chance to close the gap.
As it stands though, they head to Plymouth two points from safety with just two games left.
“The players have got to start taking some responsibility,” Rogers continued.
“It’s okay everyone pointing fingers at the manager.
“But I was a player. Stand up and be counted.
“Defend set-pieces, defend crosses.
“It’s an easy option to point fingers at the manager but these players have got to look at themselves.
“Have they done enough? The answer’s no, they haven’t.”
Angry scenes greeted the full-time whistle as hopes of a survival slip further a way.
And Rogers had no qualms with that.
“I started my career out of this club,” he added.
“It’s a great club with great supporters.
“What they’re seeing isn’t good enough.
“ But do we keep on pointing the finger at the gaffer? Well no you can’t.
“Sometimes as a player you’ve got to stand up and be counted and the players haven’t today.”
Rogers also insists there is nothing to read into the fact he spoke to the media post match, instead of Adams.
“He’s asked me to come and do press. I’m assistant manager, so we’ll just have a change.
“He’s down, we’re all down.”