Santos beat Moroka Swallows 5-1 on Wednesday night in a Castle Premiership match and Birds coach Gavin Hunt has described the defeat as the biggest humiliation he has suffered since joining the team two season ago.
"I am speechless at what happened, it was a humiliation to the club and I have not yet recovered. My players just made careless mistakes in defence and all the players should take the blame," said the coach.
The Dube Birds were still in the game at half-time as they were only trailing by a solitary goal, but in the second half all hell broke loose for the Birds.
"The second half was barbaric in the way that we played and if we are looking at winning the league, we have to start to play like champions."
Although last night's game was a major setback to the Birds' title ambitions, the Swallows boss said that all is not yet lost because there are still nine games to play before the end of the season.
Hunt has identified Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town as the major hurdles his team will have to overcome if they are to win their maiden Castle Premiership trophy.
"Last year we were in the same position that we are right now and we need to win about seven matches if we are to challenge Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape for the title," he said.
"It will not be easy, however, as both those clubs have games in hand on us and we will therefore be relying on them to lose games."
The coach did admit that his team seems to be developing a weakness in defence, although he was also aware that the problems could have stemmed from other areas of the park.
"We missed George Hummel at the back and Santos took advantage of our weak defence but I have to sit down first and really look at what went wrong."