Carlton skipper Marc Murphy says he feels "embarrassed" by his side's woeful showing against Essendon.
The Bombers pulverised the Blues by 81 points on Sunday night, and the Blues captain said a similar performance could not be repeated.
"We let ourselves down as a team, as a club and for our members it was extremely disappointing," Murphy said outside Visy Park on Monday morning.
Defender Michael Jamison was equally disappointed in his side's efforts.
"It's worse when you think about the supporters and everyone who works at the club who you've let down," he said.
"It was clear that Essendon just out-worked us in every part of the ground ... in the end it just came down to work-rate and effort."
The Carlton leadership group led a players meeting after the 13-goal belting, with Jamison revealing some home truths were told to try to build confidence.
‘‘It’s a honest conversation with all the players,’’ he said.
‘‘If you can’t give feedback to each other in an honest way, there’s no way you can do it on the ground.’’
Murphy said the players were fully aware of how poorly they played.
"There probably wasn't one bloke who won his position on the night and we've just to make sure we're tight-knit this week and respond as best we can."
Murphy indicated that despite being it being a pre-game focus, Carlton did not compete well enough in contested situations.
"One-on-ones we were pretty disappointing, we didn't hold up well enough there and we allowed them to play the game they wanted to play and we identified that during the week."
The Blues face fellow winless side Melbourne this Saturday afternoon at the MCG, and Jamison agreed with his captain that Carlton needed a vastly improved showing against the Demons.
“If that doesn’t sting us into changing things quickly, I’m not sure what will,” Jamison said of the loss to the Bombers.
“It's certainly the worst loss I’ve been involved in.”
Despite the Blues having conceded the second most points in the competition thus far in 2014, Jamison was adamant that coach Mick Malthouse was having a positive influence on the side's defensive skills.
"Mick brings a great defensive mindset, there's no doubt that we're a much better side then Mick first arrived defensively."
"Mick can only teach us the things, it's up to us to go out there and implement them on game day."
The 114-game player said Saturday's game against Melbourne would give the Blues the chance to right Sunday night’s wrongs, but foreshadowed changes to the team.
‘‘We can turn this around in the shortest possible time,’’ Jamison said.
‘‘After a loss like that you can only assume they’ll be a few changes.’
Exactly two years ago, Carlton was considered a premiership favourite as it sat undfeated and second on the ladder through three rounds. The Blues now languish in 15th, but Jamison made it clear he believed the team had improved since that point.
"I still have full confidence that we're a better team since that win."