Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon accepts responsibility for his side's latest defeat - Tuesday's exit from the EFL Trophy at Scunthorpe.
Coming off the back of three successive draws, it stretched the Shropshire side's winless run to six matches.
Shrewsbury were again booed off by a section of their fans at Glanford Park, once the scene of Town's Division Three title win under Fred Davies in 1994.
"This is a part of the job which managers have to accept," said Mellon.
"Responsibility will always fall on the manager. But I've found out a lot about myself in times gone by. I'm tough and I will continue to try to be the best that I can every day. I'm very disappointed. But I'll not feel sorry for myself. I'll keep battling on and see what happens.
"You want to do well in every competition that you take part in and we approached it in the right way. We put the strongest team out that we believed would get us a result.
"We understand that everybody is disappointed and we all know that things must improve. We have to do an awful lot better and we acknowledge that."
Shrewsbury, 22nd in League One after 11 games, now face successive away matches, at Bradford City and local rivals Walsall.
Half-time hook for loan man Choulay
Mellon defended his decision to take off on-loan Stoke City winger Moha Choulay at half-time, on only his second start for the club, after pointedly receiving on-field advice from two of his Town team-mates.
"It was one of those decisions you sometimes have to make," Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire. "I've got to be fair to everybody. And I think it was the right thing to do for everybody concerned.
"He's got great dribbling ability, but there are other things you need to learn. He's a young player who I'm sure will come again. He'll learn lessons from this."