Dean Thomas knows Kettering Town must start to “eliminate” their individual mistakes if they are to turn their miserable run of form around.
The Poppies slumped to a third successive defeat at Latimer Park and their fourth loss in five games this season as they were dumped out of the FA Cup by Gresley.
The visitors secured a 2-0 win in the preliminary round clash with the second goal, which came after a poor clearance from Poppies goalkeeper Michael Quirke, proving to be a killer blow after Kettering had start the second half on the front foot.
And manager Thomas admitted that goal “killed the game”.
He said: “You try to instil belief in them and build them up and make sure they are positive in what they do.
“But we have conceded poor goals and defended badly. The individual mistakes have cost us again and they are causing a big problem for us.
“We came out well in the second half but a howler of mistake killed the game and it killed the fans as well. They could see we were working our way back into it but one error has finished the game.
“Until we eliminate these mistakes and get a foothold in games then we are going to continue to have problems.
“I really thought we could take the performance from St Ives into the game but it never really happened.”
Thomas, meanwhile, feels his team are “carrying four or five players” at the moment, although he has only a small amount of time to turn things around as the Poppies head to Dunstable Town in the Calor League Division One Central on Tuesday night.
“We could do with a bit of luck on our own ground but sometimes you have to make your own luck by doing the right things and making the right decisions,” the Kettering boss added.
“But there seems to be a severe lack in confidence and there are too many players suffering in that department.
“You can’t carry four or five players in every game and that’s what we are doing. We are in it together and we have to carry on and try to dig out a result at Dunstable on Tuesday.”