Dean Greygoose has called on the Kettering Town players to start showing a “winning mentality”.
The Poppies head to Bedford Town today (3pm) for their latest Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division clash.
While off-field issues have been dominating the headlines at Nene Park again, it has been a tricky start on the pitch with boss John Beck and assistant Greygoose seeing their side held to two draws while also suffering a defeat to Hemel Hempstead Town.
It leave the Poppies on minus eight points having taken a 10-point deduction during the summer after the club entered a CVA to clear its debts.
They drew 1-1 with Banbury United on Saturday having taken the lead through Warren Byerley’s penalty before being pegged back.
And Greygoose admits the young squad is lacking a bit of “know-how”.
“The ne positive was that we looked like the side who would nick it,” the assistant-manager said.
“We are just lacking that bit of know-how and quality and that ability to go and finish the job.
“There were some good things out there and a few decent performances.
“But there is still a lot more to come from us and we need to improve.
“It is a young team but we can only say that for so long. Some of these boys have to take the game by the scruff of the neck.
“We need to start showing a winning attitude.”
The Poppies are set to be without defender Matt Langston today after he suffered a calf injury late on at the weekend.
But Greygoose has challenged the other players to take their chance in the starting line-up.
“It looks like Matt has strained his calf,” he added.
“I think he has been excellent in the last two games considering he is still coming back from a cruciate injury.
“He has done his job quietly and efficiently and he will be a loss to us.
“But it’s up to the other guys to come in and stake their claim.
“We do have competition for places and these guys have to understand that if they play poorly then there is no hiding place.
“There is only so much John and myself can do for them, they are the ones on the pitch and they have to make it happen for themselves.”
The Poppies, meanwhile, will travel to Wisbech Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup on September 8.