Andre Wisdom admitted Derby County were “simply not good enough” as they fell to a 3-0 defeat to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium tonight.
It has been a dismal start to the season for the Rams, who have managed to win only one of their opening 12 games this term.
After losing 1-0 to Bristol City at the weekend – their eighth defeat of the season – they failed to bounce back on Wednesday evening.
Britt Assombalonga opened the scoring in the first-half, before a Matt Clarke own-goal and a Marvin Johnson strike secured a 3-0 win for the Rams.
Speaking live on BBC Radio Derby (21:12pm) after the defeat, Andre Wisdom offered a brutally honest assessment of his side’s performance at the Riverside.
He said: “We have to keep our heads held as high as they can, but they are pretty low at the moment, especially after tonight.
“We know what we do in training. Our training sessions are good. Sometimes, it’s like we go out there and forget how to play football if I’m being honest.
“We might have to go back to basics and play a different way. I’m not sure.”
Tonight’s defeat leaves Derby sitting six points adrift at the bottom of the Championship table, with Coventry City defeating Cardiff this evening.
The Rams face Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, and face Coventry next week in what are shaping up to be two massive home games.
Tonight was one of Derby’s worst performances of the season, and there has been a fair few.
They failed to get out of first gear and struggled to show any threat going forward whatsoever.
The goals they conceded were very sloppy too, so there are serious issues that need to be addressed going forward.
Wycombe and Coventry are massive games, and the six-point gap could extend by the end of next week which could be detrimental.