Gary Brabin insists he is still the right man for the job at Tranmere as he let rip at his players following a fifth home defeat of the season.
Rovers wilted at Prenton Park, and a chorus of boos met their insipid performance at full-time.
By contrast, Braintree received a standing ovation as they left the field, tribute to how well they went about their business.
It leaves the club in twelfth place in the National League, although still only six points off the top five.
“I believe in myself,” Brabin said.
“It’s been a total rebuilding job here, so I’m responsible from bringing those players in.
“I never felt we’d be this many points behind the pack, so I’m really disappointed with that.
“But we’ll be working hard to put that right. I’m confident of us getting stronger and better.
“I’d like to think I’m the right man to take this club forward.
“I think I have put a lot of work into this side and there’s a lot of work to do.
“There’s no excuse from us. It needs to be better.”
The Rovers boss was clearly furious at his players as they slipped to a seventh defeat in eleven games.
And it is fair to say he feels let down by how some of them played on Saturday afternoon.
“It was inexcusable,” he continued.
“We’ve cried that we’d be better if we took a goal lead, which we’ve done and it was disturbing watching the rest of the first half.
“When I looked at the players we’ve got and I think we’ve got some good characters and experience.
“But collectively, watching that, it certainly wasn’t evident.
“I’ve never been a big fan of that phrase, ‘once they cross the white line, there’s nothing you can do about it.
“But I actually felt like that at times.”
There was also a sharp warning from the manager about what might happen when the transfer window opens.
He has let the squad know in no uncertain terms that, if they do not buck their ideas up, some will be pushed out next month.
“Some of the players went missing,” he added.
“I think, if I’m honest, I’ve made my mind up with a couple but we can’t do anything until January.
“We certainly need to strengthen if we’re going to be serious about getting back up in that pack.”