David Moyes took an angry swipe at his Everton players after they slipped to a sixth league defeat of the season at Hull City on Wednesday night.
The struggling Tigers moved level on points with Everton after a 3-2 win at the KC Stadium, which came after they raced into a healthy half-time lead courtesy of goals from Stephen Hunt, Andy Dawson and Dean Marney.
A Kamil Zayatte own goal and penalty from Louis Saha reduced the deficit, but another league loss has left the Toffees languishing down in 14th place in the table and Moyes in critical mood.
"I've seen a few poor performances since I've been here but that will be up there with the worst of them," he fumed.
"The performance was shocking. A team should fight from the first minute, not the 45th.
"If we had matched Hull's endeavour and attitude… they ran around and it earned them something at the end of the night.
"It is up to the players to take responsibility, but I take responsibility for the team I select.
"We could be dragged into a relegation fight – particularly because of the injuries and individual performances.
"I pick the team and I sign them. I'm the one who has the ultimate responsibility."