Manager Dean Holdsworth revealed some home truths had been voiced after Aldershot crashed to a seventh successive defeat, losing 3-0 at the hands of Rotherham.
Holdsworth's men are without a win since September 18 and rarely looked like ending that sequence at home to a Rotherham side who dominated throughout, themselves looking for a first win this month and first on their travels this season.
Lee Frecklington's debut goal coupled with second-half strikes from Bob Harris and Alex Revell proved the difference in a one-sided affair which left Holdsworth under mounting pressure, with the Shots still languishing in the League Two drop zone.
"We've had some harsh words in the dressing room, unfortunately," Holdsworth said. "I've questioned their ability, their character, I've questioned if they're going to stand toe-to-toe with each other. You can't have shrinking violets in the team at the moment.
"Up until the first goal I felt we were in the game, I thought we were causing them problems. We were playing with a good tempo - but the first goal, as it's been of late, has been the real big blow for us.
"We came up against a very strong direct side with good players and we didn't react, and the character has been questioned. We tried to be positive, we tried to play good football - two wingers, two centre-forwards, two creative midfield players but it hasn't worked."
Rotherham boss Steve Evans made six changes from the team that lost 3-0 at home to Southend last time out and was delighted with the response of his players.
"Obviously we had to be bold with the changes we made but they were the easiest changes I could have made - if I could have made more I would have," he said. "I know the fans were hurting because they've seen a Rotherham team which is my responsibility lack effort and I swore to myself the changes would be emphatic and the changes would be brave.
"I've always believed that supporters, the true supporters, will stand behind the team as long as you put the effort in.
"I've explained to the players before the game that I'll stand in front of them and I'll explain it to the chairman as long as they've put in the effort. I think we just need to concentrate on working as hard as we can, we've got good players but they're not good players if they don't work hard."