Mark Shaw says his Worksop side cannot afford to let their losing streak go on any longer.
Tigers have taken none of the nine points available from their last three outings, and Saturday’s loss at home to Trafford was especially disappointing for the manager.
“We should have won the game,” he said.
“It’s another three points that we dropped instead of picking them up.”
“We looked comfortable in the first half, we created plenty of chances and then to lose it after that second half is gutting.”
“I’m absolutely gutted.”
Shaw lamented the inexplicable change in performance levels after the break.
“With 25 minutes to go we just decided to stop doing what we’d been doing for the majority of the game.”
“We just seem to lump a ball into the box, we don’t recover, people are doing things I don’t really understand, instead of the simple things.”
“Then we’re chasing it, it’s an uphill battle.”
Although Tigers still sit third in the table, their position in the Northern Premier League is no longer as strong as it looked before 2014 began.
Shaw admitted: “It can’t go on for much longer.”
“We’re on a losing streak of three, we need to snap out of it and start getting back to winning ways.”
“We need a big response, we need to bounce back very quickly or we’ll find ourselves dropping further and further behind, and we want to be fighting for something.”
Worksop were without a number of key players last weekend, with suspensions and injuries, but one surprising omission from the team sheet was midfielder Conor Higginson.
Shaw explained: “Conor isn’t 100 per cent fit, we’re worried about his hamstring going.”
“He hasn’t been completely honest with us and has wanted to play most of the time.”
“But I’m more worried about the next three weeks he could be out, if he plays and he’s not right. I’m worried about him as a person, not just the games.”
“If he’s not right he should just say, we need people who can run for the 90 minutes.”
“We haven’t been able to put a settled side out and we’ve become a bit disjointed,” he added.