Andy Griffin concedes Derby's beleaguered players deserve the criticism that will come their way following Saturday's defeat to West Ham.
Home advantage counted for little as Billy Davies' Derby side slumped to a 5-0 reverse that had the Pride Park faithful groaning.
There was precious little to suggest Derby have what it takes to retain their Premier League status come the campaign's conclusion, in what was an abject display.
Griffin has held his hands up and conceded they are in danger of becoming the division's laughing stock.
And with Chelsea up next for the basement dwellers, Griffin has warned that they must improve dramatically or risk another hammering.
Ride the storm
"We will get ridiculed for this result and rightly so," he lamented in the Daily Mirror.
"But we have to ride the storm and keep going.
"You have to, because do you think Chelsea are going to go easy on us?
"They will look at this and want to score eight but we have to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves down.
"People will look at our back five and think they are a laughing stock, but it is a team game and we all have to take some responsibility.
"Chelsea are next up and these are games that everyone wants to play in, so we should all enjoy it and give it our best shot."