Dean Thomas has told his Kettering Town players that they are the only ones who can put things right in their bid to secure a play-off place in the Calor League Division One Central.
Having put themselves into a top-five position after a 21-match unbeaten run, the Poppies all of sudden find themselves six points off the pace following two defeats in the space of a week.
A 3-1 loss at Barton Rovers was followed by a 4-2 reverse at in-form Uxbridge on Saturday as two goals from top scorer Dubi Ogbonna proved to be in vain.
With all of those above them picking up points, it has left Thomas and his squad with a lot of work to do in the final nine games of the season if they are to claim a play-off berth.
The Poppies now face three home games in a short space of time with Ashford Town (Middx) the visitors to Latimer Park on Tuesday while clashes against St Ives Town (Thursday) and Aylesbury (Saturday) follow on.
And the Kettering boss said: “I am more surprised than disappointed in terms of the errors we have made in the last two games.
“Once again we created plenty of chances at Uxbridge but our performance at both ends of the pitch has been disappointing.
“The one thing I have learned about this game is that no-one will do it for you. You have to do it yourself and it is up to us to put things right.
“We can’t keep living in the past and thinking about the unbeaten run we went on. We haven’t achieved anything yet and it’s now important that we stick together and turn it around again.
“We have been making costly mistakes and any team will exploit you if you don’t concentrate.
“But what has happened has happened. We have nine games left and we have to do something about it.
“There is no better opportunity than with three home games in a row and we have to ensure we make them count.”