'Collective responsibility' was the dressing-room vow as West Bromwich Albion's figureheads refused to single out individuals for the scale of Saturday's 6-1 defeat.
The absence of left-back Paul Robinson through suspension and the injured Steve Watson had a major effect as Albion's reshuffled defence suffered a collective night-mare. But manager Bryan Robson said that it was unfair to blame their replacements for the heaviest defeat since he took charge.
Thomas Gaardsoe, returning in the centre of defence after six weeks out with a hernia problem, was at fault for Fulham's first two goals before being replaced at half-time by debutant Williams Martinez but it got no better, even with Martinez at left-back and Neil Clement reverting to his usual place in the centre of defence.
"It wasn't anything to do with the shape," Robson said. "Martinez would have been a bit of a risk because he still can't speak any English but Thomas Gaardsoe has done a good job for us before and the balance of the back four was OK.
"It was just sheer bad defending from individuals and we were out-muscled, which doesn't happen very often. For whatever reason, they were just shocking and I've told the players exactly what I thought. A defeat like that is embarrassing and should hurt your pride."
Skipper Kevin Campbell said: "We're trying to plug gaps within the squad. Thomas Gaardsoe has been out quite a long time and was a little bit rusty but I thought he didn't do too badly and we don't single out individuals.
"I didn't think it was a 6-1 game. We passed it quite well at times and if we go in at half time at 1-0, maybe it's another game. But their second goal was a free header, which is hard to take and then everything seemed to drop for them, like that deflected goal."
Robson will know today the extent of the injury to goal-keeper Tomasz Kuszczak following a challenge by Heidar Helguson. "It was an awful challenge," Robson said. "Tomasz has got a split eye and maybe broken a rib. The lad dived in and how the ref didn't book him, I don't know."
No 1 goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, who missed this match through illness, is itching for a recall after four months out.