Plymouth boss Peter Reid was left to curse a poor start as his side slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Leyton Orient.
Reid saw his side two goals down inside 13 minutes as goals from Scott McGleish and Dean Cox saw Orient reignite their play-off push.
Reid said: "We just didn't get started in the game. We've had a bit of a break so people ask `Were we rusty?`. I don't think so, I just thought we were second best at everything at both ends of the pitch and in the middle of the park.
"It was just so disappointing to tell you the truth because we didn't test them enough.
"After going two goals down in 13 minutes, it's always going to be very, very difficult to get back in it. People say we had eight cup finals ahead of us to get out of trouble, well I'm glad they are not eight semi-finals because we wouldn't get to the final with that display would we?
"This match has gone now, there is nothing we can do about it. I've just told our players we need a vast improvement from everyone."