Jake Simpson has played down talk of Workington Reds being in a crisis, but says their poor form needs to change soon.
The Borough Park outfit have lost their last three games without scoring and have been turned over by Stourbridge, Hednesford and Coalville.
Prior to the Stourbridge game on November 26, they had won their last five games in all competitions without conceding.
Saturday’s thumping loss against Coalville leaves Reds in 11th place, five points off the play-offs, but with an inferior goal difference and having played more games than five of the sides above them.
Simpson said: “We’re downbeat after the game on Saturday. Recent weeks have not been good enough.
“We’ve conceded too many goals and we’re not scoring. We need to improve and we can’t hide away from the fact that on Saturday we were not good enough.
“First of all, we’ve got to stick together as a group from the management right down to the players.
“We can compete and we’ve shown that in the last two years that we can.
“We’ve got to work hard and learn from our mistakes. We have to be honest with each other.”
Reds are next in action on Saturday when they take on Corby Town before their Boxing Day clash with Nantwich Town.
They are currently having to manage without left-back Sam Smith who was ruled out for at least a fortnight last week with an ankle problem.
Simpson added: “I wouldn’t say it’s a crisis. Only a few weeks ago we were talking about winning our last five games without conceding.
“It’s been a good thing not having a Tuesday game in that we’ve got legs back and the pitches are getting heavier, which is hard physically.
“But when you don’t win a game you want to put things right as soon as possible.”