Defender Michael Thwaite shouldered the responsibility for Western Sydney Wanderers' 3-1 loss to Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Sunday night.
Wanderers were reduced to 10 men inside the sixth minute when Keanu Baccus brought down Joel Chianese inside the box.
All four goals came in the first half. A brace to Diego Castro and a goal to Andy Keogh sealed the result for Glory after Oriol Riera equalised from the penalty spot.
But Thwaite wasn't making any excuses for the defeat post-match.
"Look I take full responsibility," he told Fox Sports. "I’m in the heart of defence. You can’t cop three goals and expect to win the game.
"We keep getting sucker punched against counter attacking teams and we speak about being compact."
The win snapped a five game losing streak for Kenny Lowe's men but heaped more misery on Wanderers who are now winless in four after back-to-back losses.
Thwaite added: "We had a better run in the second half but full credit to Kenny and the boys they’ve gone through a rough period. And that’s what it’s about – just winning games."
Wanderers - with a game in hand - and Glory are equal on 19 points with sixth-placed Brisbane Roar, and Thwaite remains upbeat about finals football.
"We’ve still got 30 points to play for so it’s anyone’s game at the moment for the top six."