Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper says he will not publicly criticise his players despite his disappointment with Tuesday's 5-1 defeat by Northampton.
Pools were unbeaten in two games going into the trip to Sixfields, and even took a first-minute lead through striker Charlie Wyke.
However, five goals without reply, including three in the first-half, saw Pools slump to a fifth league defeat.
"What I've said in there I will keep amongst us," Cooper told BBC Tees.
"There's no way I will come out here and start lambasting the players.
"A top-class defender I certainly wasn't but a defender I was and seeing things like that hurt."
Tuesday's loss came on the back of a win and a draw as Pools looked to have overcome a run of four defeats from the opening five games.
"We have to learn," added Cooper. "I question myself everyday, I'm proud to be doing the job and I look in the mirror every day and wonder whether I should have done something different.
"Looking at that game I feel I could have done something different so that's for me to look at."