Northampton Town's Michael Jacobs has admitted the team let down caretaker manager David Lee and the club's fans in the 7-2 defeat by Shrewsbury.
The 19-year-old midfielder was captain for the home match, but could not prevent the Cobblers' winless run stretching to eight games.
Jacobs told BBC Radio Northampton: "We let David and [coach] Andy Holt down.
"It turned out to be a shambles, especially in front of the home fans. We owe them a lot as well."
He added: "We have to look at ourselves. We defended poorly and it was an embarrassment really.
"We've got to work hard this week and turn it around because, at the moment, we're looking at a relegation battle and that's not good enough for this club."
The defeat was the first match in charge for former Chelsea defender Lee and player-coach Holt, after the departure of Gary Johnson on Monday.