JOHN Sheridan was at a loss to explain his side's thumping 4-0 defeat to Bury, and apologised to the fans for his side's performance.The hosts went in to the break 1-0 up, thanks to Andrew Tutte's strike after seven minutes, but it was an evenly matched half of football, giving the strong Green Army contingent hope of another Pilgrims comeback.
In the second half, however, the Shakers took total control of the game, with Daniel Nardiello earning - and duly dispatching - a penalty early on, then adding a second with a bullet-header soon after. Danny Rose finished off the rout 15 minutes from time, putting the seal on one of the Greens' worst days of the season.
Following the game, Sheridan sought to apologise to the supporters, before trying to explain his side's inconsistent current form.
Said John: "First of all, I'd like to apologise to the fans for the performance of the team. I never expected it.
"It was an abysmal performance. We shouldn't be coming to Bury and getting beat 4-0. I really have not got the answers for you, to tell the truth.
"I'll accept responsibility - I pick the team, but there's not many changes from the team that have got good results and played well."
The side's inability to put together another good set of results has seen them slide down to 10th in Sky Bet League 2, needing an unlikely set of results to make it back in to the playoff positions by the end of the season.
Whilst the gaffer still maintains that the squad is talented enough to get out of the division, he believes a lack of mental strength is to blame for their recent losses.
"We have had chances in the first half, to be fair. We could have possibly been 3-1 up at half time. It's just the body language of some people; I don't like it," said Sheridan.
"There's good enough players there, but mentally, we're way off the mark. You don't have to always play well in games. You can play poorly and still win, but we don't do that.
"We gave in today. We just gave in."