Caretaker manager Tim Flowers was left fuming with the manner of Northampton's display as they went down 4-1 at bottom club Plymouth in his first game in charge.
Flowers, who has taken the reins from David Lee until a permanent successor can be found to Gary Johnson, watched the hosts go three-nil up after just 17 minutes thanks to goals from Simon Walton, Nick Chadwick and Will Atkinson.
Ashley Hemmings added a fourth before half-time, with Adebayo Akinfenwa's stoppage-time header scant consolation for the Cobblers, who went down 7-2 at home to Shrewsbury last weekend.
"We were completely and utterly blown away within the opening 17 minutes when the third goal went in," Flowers said. "We were completely overrun by a team that is bottom of the league and that is no disrespect to Plymouth because they murdered us from start to finish in my opinion.
"Defensively - out of possession - it was a horrendous performance in the first half and I am not telling you anything I have not told them. We were second best to everything, all over the field of play, from start to finish.
"They had strikers receiving the ball into their feet on the edge of the box from passes made in Plymouth's half. It was just scary. It was unbelievable."