A first-half brace for Colchester hotshot Sanchez Watt left Carlisle United staring down the barrel of another heavy defeat as sloppy defending and a lack of craft in forward areas combined to make it another difficult afternoon for the home side.
The U’s became the fifth club to score four or more goals at Brunton Park this season despite only managing to register six shots on target.
It was a game where they did little, but gained a lot, by exploiting Carlisle’s weak spots with alarming accuracy.
Cumbrians’ boss Graham Kavangh said: “I’ve just spoken to Joe Dunne after the full-time whistle and he said he didn’t feel they deserved a result like that.
“I have to say I disagreed with him because we were poor and the goals we gave away were extremely sloppy.
“Defensively we were naïve and we’ve made mistakes at key moments which have cost us.”
“This is a serious situation we’re in and I have no doubt the players know that.
“We’re conceding horrible goals and we aren’t scoring at the other end, so it is a real concern.
“It isn’t down to fitness, or anything like that, because this group is incredibly fit.
“I’m sick and tired of having to talk about performances like this and I’m sure the fans are sick of having to listen to it.
“We have to put it right and we have to do it quickly.”
Watt’s clinical first-half double sucker punch was punctuated by a welcome own goal in favour of the home side.
However, additions to the tally from Marcus Bean and a Max Ehmer own goal had the points wrapped up long before the QPR loanee made amends with his first strike in a blue shirt.
Captain Matt Robson said: “It’s the million-dollar question as to why we’re getting results like this.
“When you look around the dressing room you can see we have players who can perform better and we’ve shown that recently.
“This is even more disappointing because we’ve played our best football at home this season.
“We’re all devastated because these are the games where we feel we should be coming away with something.”
Kavanagh added: “If you don’t score goals then you’re going to struggle.
“That’s an issue for us, but we scored twice at home and you would normally expect to get something for that.”