Aston Villa were beaten 4-0 by Everton at the weekend.
The Toffees raced into a 3-0 lead against Villa last weekend, and Garde felt that his team were far too shy on the pitch.
Although the Frenchman claims that his players improved in the second-half, they still could not restore any pride, and ended up slipping to a 4-0 defeat.
And Garde said. "I was not really happy with the first 45 minutes at Everton because we were too shy on the pitch, too lightweight sometimes.
"We need to show more. I saw them very much more invested and committed and strong in the second half.
"Of course, we were already 3-0 down but we tried and the attitude was the one I expected - but I expected it from the start of the game."
Villa’s defeat to Everton has crushed any optimism that was felt around Garde’s appointment at the time.
Garde’s first match in charge, against Manchester City, was encouraging as Villa picked up a 0-0 draw.
However, all Villa’s faults were exposed at Goodison Park, and they were well off the pace.
The Claret and Blues are now five points away from safety, and they are in danger of being cut adrift at the bottom of the Premier League table.
Villa's next match comes against Watford on Saturday, and they will be desperate to pick up the three points.