Dean Smith says he and his Aston Villa players are “embarrassed” after their 6-1 loss to Manchester City on Sunday.
A hat-trick from Sergio Aguero, two from Riyad Mahrez and one from Gabriel Jesus saw City sweep Villa aside.
Villa had slipped into the relegation zone before the game after Watford’s win at Bournemouth and fell to their sixth defeat in nine top-flight outings.
“It was a chastening experience,” Smith told Sky Sports.
“We know they are a top class team but some of the goals we have given away were dreadful. The third one probably summed it up. They had 15 or 16 passes and we hadn’t laid a glove on them.
“They have been allowed to pass the ball too easily and Aguero sticks it in the top corner from 20 yards.
“Mahrez got into the penalty box and under no pressure passes into the bottom corner. It is hard when you are three goals down against a team of this quality. The three players that scored today are worth more than my whole squad.
“They kept going but we shouldn’t be sitting here happy with ourselves and we’re not. We are embarrassed with today.”