UWE Rosler pulled no punches after watching his Wigan Athletic side tumble out of the Capital One Cup at the first hurdle last night.
Away to League Two side Burton Albion - specialists in cup upsets in recent years - a much-changed Latics outfit were second-best for too much of the game.
They actually took the lead, massively against the run of play, when Marc-Antoine Fortune was afforded the freedom of the penalty area to fire home from a tight angle in the 27th minute.
It seemed as though that goal might be the signal for the Championship side to step up a gear, but instead they continued to allow Burton onto them, and the hosts equalised on the stroke of half-time through Dominic Knowles.
And things went from bad to worse for Rosler seven minutes after the break as Stuart Beavon fired home a deserved winner.
“It took us 15 minutes to get going, but after that I thought we took over the game and controlled it well,” said Rosler.
“We started to pass the ball with better tempo, and got our goal, but then we invited them onto us and made a catastrophic mistake to let them back into the game.
“You need to put in a better performance than that when you are playing in the cup in England.
“We know the lower league teams raise their standards, and if you are not going flat out for 90 minutes, then you get hurt, and we got hurt today.
“Burton did well to sit in and force mistakes from us, but we caused ourselves problems.”