Grimsby Town's winless run continued as they were beaten by Cambridge United.
After sacking manager Russell Slade following 12 matches without a victory, there was no instant turnaround in fortunes as goals from Uche Ikpezu, Billy Waters and George Maris sunk the Mariners at the Abbey Stadium.
Town started the match brightly but were unable to capitalise and instead, they fell behind when Ikpeazu struck to open the scoring on 19 minutes.
The hosts then stretched their lead after half-time, as Waters made it 2-0 and Maris ensured once and for all that the points would be staying in Cambridgeshire, before a late JJ Hooper penalty gave Town a consolation goal.
Caretaker manager Paul Wilkinson made three changes to the Grimsby side after last week's 3-0 defeat at Crawley.
One of those changes saw a welcome return from injury for goalkeeper James McKeown, while Reece Hall-Johnson made his first start and Jamille Matt came back into the starting XI as Ben Killip, Martyn Woolford and Mallik Wilks made way.
McKeown started in goal, with Hall-Johnson and Paul Dixon operating as wing-backs as Nathan Clarke, Zak Mills and Karleigh Osborne forming a three-man central defence.
Charles Vernam started in front of midfielders James Berrett and Luke Summerfield, with Matt and Simeon Jackson named as the strikers.
The substitutes were Killip, Hooper, Sam Kelly, Easah Suliman, Harry Cardwell, Daillang Jaiyesimi and Scott Vernon.
Cambridge were also without a permanent manager after Shaun Derry left the club last week and they would also be looking for a positive result in caretaker boss Joe Dunne's second game in charge, having beaten Chesterfield in midweek.
An early Town free kick came to nothing but Summerfield went close with a long-range effort on six minutes that home keeper David Forde had to push away for a corner. Summerfield's delivery from the flag found Clarke but a slight touch from Harrison Dunk was enough to put the centre-back off.
Vernam had a chance two minutes later but his shot took a deflection and went through to Forde.
A foul by Jevani Brown on Vernam near the halfway line brought another opportunity to get the ball into the danger zone but Summerfield's delivery was too strong and went away for a goal kick.
Another Town corner came on 17 minutes and Dixon's ball from it was headed on by Matt before it was half-cleared. The Mariners kept possession through Hall-Johnson but he was unable to create any real danger.
Cambridge had started slowly but they took the lead against the run of play on 19 minutes. A goal kick from Forde found its way through to IKPEAZU, who got past Mills before beating McKeown.
Town then suffered another blow four minutes later when Jackson was forced off with an injury. Hooper came on in his place.
A good run from Vernam saw him cover the distance almost from one penalty area to the other to give the away fans cause for optimism, although the attack was ended before the Derby loanee could get a shot in.
Matt and Hooper then linked up just after the half-hour for the latter to shoot, with his effort proving just too high.
Mills had to head clear at the other end after a cross from Dunk as the hosts went looking for a second goal with a short spell of pressure.
A Town free kick six minutes before the break was pushed away by Forde after Summerfield's delivery went all the way across.
Cambridge were then forced into a substitution of their own, as David Amoo replaced Barry Corr.
A good ball from Berrett found Dixon on the left to set up a Town attack on 43 minutes but the opportunity was wasted as the wing-back's cross went out of play.
Two added minutes were played at the end of the half and although the home side finished it on the attack, they were unable to add to their lead and it remained 1-0 at the interval.
No further changes were made before the restart and the Mariners made a positive start to the second half, with Hall-Johnson getting to the by-line and sending over a cross which was caught by Forde.
Hall-Johnson then won a corner, which was headed away before Berrett was unable to profit when the ball came to him.
At the other end, Amoo got past Dixon down the right but Town got the ball clear after it came across.
Soon afterwards, Hooper played a pass through for Matt but Forde came off his line to beat the striker to it and get the ball clear.
A foul by Dixon gave Cambridge a free kick on the right on 57 minutes but the delivery from it was caught by McKeown. He then gave the ball straight to Gary Deegan but the mistake went unpunished.
A mistake by Vernam then gave the home side a chance to make it 2-0 but the opportunity was not taken, as Billy Waters fired over the bar.
The went close again when a corner was headed against his own bar by Hooper, before a corner at the other end was caught by Forde.
But the game's second goal was not far from coming and when it did, it was the hosts who stretched thir lead. A shot from Brown was well saved by McKeown but after he pushed the ball away, WATERS was there to score from the rebound.
The goal proved to be Waters' last contribution to the game as he was replaced by Jake Carroll, bfore Kelly replaced Dixon on 71 minutes.
And soon afterwards, the result was put beyond doubt when Cambridge made it 3-0, as a cross from Amoo was put into the net by MARIS.
Town's final substitution saw Jaiyesimi come on for Vernam but the game was now over as a contest, with the visitors now just looking for a goal to give their 797 travelling supporters something to cheer.
And with two minutes to go, they were given the opportunity to get that goal when Jaiyesimi went down inside the box and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. HOOPER stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to put the Mariners on the scoreboard at 3-1.
Five added minutes were played at the end of the game before the referee's whistle brought to an end what had been another disappointing afternoon for the Mariners.
They are next in action on Saturday, when Exeter City are the visitors to Blundell Park.
1 David Forde
2 Brad Halliday
11 Harrison Dunk
5 Greg Taylor
12 George Taft
4 Gary Deegan (C)
18 George Maris
8 Billy Waters
20 Jevani Brown
23 Barry Corr
9 Uche Ikpeazu 19'
13 Dimitar Mitov
3 Jake Carroll
25 Harry Darling
16 Liam O'Neil
19 David Amoo
21 Medy Elito
22 Paul Lewis
1 James McKeown
31 Reece Hall-Johnson
3 Paul Dixon
14 Karleigh Osborne
12 Zak Mills
5 Nathan Clarke (C)
7 James Berrett
19 Luke Summerfield
39 Simeon Jackson
34 Charles Vernam
29 Jamille Matt
30 Ben Killip
16 Easah Suliman
20 Diallang Jaiyesimi
11 Sam Kelly
17 Harry Cardwell
9 JJ Hooper
21 Scott Vernon
Referee: Dean Whitestone
Attendance: 4739 (797)
Next Up: Exeter City