Chesterfield endured a disappointing trip to the seaside as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to struggling Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.
The visitors were a goal down after only two minutes when Mark Cullen profiited on some defensive hesitancy. Pushing for a leveller, Liam O'Neil had a shot cleared off the line in the second half, and from there the Tangerines broke and scored a decisive second through Brad Potts.
Speaking to PlayerHD, Saunders was especially upset to concede so early: "We were 1-0 down after two minutes, which is the worst possible start we could have had. Then obviously we were trying to chase the game and we had a lot of the ball in the middle third, but didn't really do enough with it.
"We gave the ball away and got caught on the break at times so I wasn't happy at all with the way things were going in the first half - we were a little bit powder puff at times.
"I brought Armand [Gnanduillet] on for the second half and we played two up front and got the ball up there quicker. We were much better in the second half but just got done on a counter attack when it looked like we were going to get back into the game."
The defeat was the Spireites' third in succession, and with the weekend's trip to Crewe Alexandra already close at hand Saunders knows his job is to turn things around quickly.
"We've got to get ourselves off the floor ahead of Crewe on Saturday, there's not time to think and It's a puzzle and I've got to try and resolve.
"We'll have a plan going there and part of the plan isn't going a goal down in the first two minutes. It happened after half time on Saturday and it's happened a few times earlier in the season where we've gone behind early on.
"The players have got to pull themselves out of it, I will help with that but they also have to do it themselves, otherwise I'll have to change them."