Andy Hessenthaler admits Dover’s four-match winless streak in the National League has eroded the squad’s confidence.
Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Stockport means Whites have taken just one point out of the last 12 – a run which has seen them slip out of the play-off places and down to 16th.
Dover boss Hessenthaler said he could not fault his players’ effort against County, but concedes their self-belief has taken a knock, particularly at home where they have won just once in nine matches.
Hessenthaler, whose side are still only four points off fifth, said: “I’m not going to be too critical of the boys.
“We’ve lost our way confidence wise for some reason, we’re not doing the basics right.
“We’re not going to make excuses, but it doesn’t help when you lose your captain (Kevin Lokko to injury) fairly early on and have to change the shape.”