Hull City captain Curtis Davies has let his teammates know exactly what he thought of their performance as the Tigers were thumped 6-1 by Eddie Howe's rampant Bournemouth side on Saturday afternoon.
In their first game since Mike Phelan became the club's permanent manager, Hull crumbled at The Vitality Stadium, and Davies has not held back in his assessment of his side's display,as reported by the Mirror.
"It was embarrassing, gutless, devastating. It was the worst performance I think I've ever been involved in", said Davies, clearing still hurting from the result.
"There can be times when you are on a hiding, but at least people are doing everything right to try and stop that, but here it wasn't like that.
"Bournemouth were good, but it wasn't a case of them cutting us open. There were four set-pieces and tap-ins because we weren't close enough to them.There are no excuses now, no playing with ten men, no so-called 'big team'. It was plain embarrassing.
"You can come off the back of other games and say we didn't expect to pick up points blah, blah, blah, but we had been looking forward to this run of games to try and get points on the board and we've let ourselves down massively.
"We've let the club down, let the manager down and we're going to have to do a lot better to beat Stoke next weekend."
Phelan was also unwilling to shirk responsibility for the humbling defeat, saying: "It doesn't matter when you sign on the dotted line - we started the season well and expectation is raised, then we come to Bournemouth and think it's going to be a stroll in the park.
"It reflects on me and I'll take that. I'll defend my players because I picked them, but they are under no illusions now about the task ahead."