The Gainsborough Trinity dressing room was no place for the faint hearted after Tuesday's 4-2 defeat to Altrincham.
Trinity boss Steve Housham admitted he turned the air blue when giving his players a half-time blast after seeing them concede four goals in 45 minutes in the Blue Square Bet North clash.
Housham described the performance as 'rubbish' and likened it to 'watching a bunch of girls'.
They were harsh words for a team which reached the play-off final last season, but according to Housham, Tuesday's first half display deserved nothing less.
"I have never said it before, but we performed like a bunch of girls in the first half," said Housham.
"We were rubbish. There was no bite and no hunger.
"Managers all over the country take the blame for their team's poor displays and I will take the blame for this one, because I picked the team.
"But you just cannot control things once they cross that white line. We gave them their instructions, but what we saw was nothing like what we asked of them.
"I felt sorry for the fans. They had to wait for an hour because there was a floodlight failure, but when we did get under way, our players still appeared to be playing in the dark."
The Altrincham player causing most of the damage was Trinity's summer transfer target Damien Reeves, who scored all four of his side's goals.
And the frustrations of missing out on last season's Blue Square Bet North leading scorer was not lost on Housham.
"The difference between the two sides was they have a very good, confident strike force," he added.
"They started on fire. Reeves probably had a point to prove and he did it very well.
"We never got anywhere near him. We handed it to him on a plate.
"We went for him in the summer and we thought he kept us hanging on a bit.
"There were a couple of weeks we were waiting for him, which we could have spent talking to other players.
"It was only after that he put out a statement saying he would never leave Atrincham unless a league club came in for him. But that is Altincham's gain and our loss."
Housham's tough words brought about an improvement in the second half with goals from Darryn Stamp and Shane Clarke reducing the deficit.
But with unbeaten Worcester City the visitors to the Northolme on Saturday (3pm) the improvement will have to continue if Trinity are to add to their solitary win so far this season.
"It will be a very tough test," Housham added.
"I thought they were the best team in the division last season and they have started well.
"I want a reaction from the players and so do the fans. They deserve better.
"There are no injuries, but there are a few bruised egos and a few sore heads from Tuesday night's half-time blast from me.
"I hope the players went to bed and didn't sleep on Tuesday night, just like I didn't sleep."