Chris Wilder was frank and honest in his assessment of the Blades 1-0 loss at Preston North End on Saturday.
Jordan Hugill settled the contest in the Lilywhites favour at Deepdale, much to the obvious disappointment of the Blades boss.
Reflecting on a third consecutive loss, Wilder remarked: "It's another disappointing afternoon, the second-half performance in particular was poor, barring a late rally in search of an equaliser we wouldn't have deserved.
"First-half we were more than a match for Preston, who changed their shape, but maybe we don't deserve the respect we're being given at the moment.
"It's another harsh interview but we need to find something to get out of this hole we find ourselves in, the players need to dig themselves out of it."
And Wilder refused to make any excuses for the defeat, adding : "I'd be embarrassed to put the loss down to injuries, illness or suspensions. Of course, I'd love to have everyone available, but this is an opportunity for some players, some are taking it, others aren't.
"I need to get into them, we need to find an answer and quickly because we're not used to losing and we're not enjoying it."