Sunderland boss Steve Bruce cut a forlorn figure as he surveyed the wreckage of another short-lived cup adventure in the 2-1 FA Cup third-round home defeat to Notts County.
He made seven changes to the side which won 1-0 at Aston Villa in midweek, some of them enforced, but others with one eye on next Sunday's derby clash with Newcastle.
He said: "Certainly by looking at what we have just witnessed with six or seven missing, we simply aren't good enough.
"With six or seven [out], we simply couldn't handle it, so that's the disappointing thing for me.
"People who have been knocking on my door wanting a game were, unfortunately today, found sadly wanting.
"I'm not going to try to make excuses, that would be unfair on Notts County. We have to accept that we were nowhere near good enough.
"Simply on the day, we didn't perform well enough, and when you perform like that and you are lacklustre like we were, then we got exactly what we deserved. We got our backsides kicked, and rightly so."