Northampton Town manager Rob Page has apologised after he described his team's performance at Bristol Rovers as "men against girls."
The 42-year-old made the comment following the Cobblers' 5-0 thrashing at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
The Welshman told reporters: "Actions speak louder than words. There was a couple giving that. It was men against girls, not boys."
Page has since admitted his choice of words were “totally unacceptable” and has insisted no offence was intended.
The defeat was Northampton's eighth in their last 10 League One games - a run which has seen Page's side drop to 16th.
The Cobblers will be hoping for better fortunes when they host promotion-chasing Scunthorpe United at Sixfields on Saturday.