Tommy Wright had plenty of questions for his Corby Town players after they slipped to a third successive defeat in the Vanarama National League North.
The Steelmen are now without a win in six matches after they were beaten 3-0 by Worcester City at Steel Park.
The defeat brought the curtain down on a tough week for the club as a 3-2 home loss to Boston United on Wednesday night was followed by the devastating news that assistant-manager David Clarke is battling leukaemia.
And their latest setback, which resulted in them dropping further down the table, left manager Wright concerned about the lack of confidence within his squad at the moment.
However, he insists his team will come out “fighting together”.
Wright said: “We were awful to be honest. We are low on confidence.
“I have thrown the questions at them. Have we lost our identity? Have we lost the belief we had at the start of the season?
“In the first five games we were fearless. But what has changed in the last six matches?
“It can’t all be down to Anton Brown getting injured. It can’t be down to one man.
“I don’t think we created enough and the difference in the game was probably Lee Hughes. He did a job on us with his experience.
“We were on top for the first 15 minutes but they had two shots and scored them both.
“It’s a week I am glad to see the back of and I will be happy when it’s Monday morning.
“The boys are a team built on confidence.
“Winning is a habit that is easy to keep but so is losing. We just need to win a game of any kind to get that confidence back.
“I won’t be turning my back on them though and I won’t lose belief in what I am trying to do here.
“I think this is a tricky spell but we will come out of it fighting together.”
Wright is set to give some of his first-team players another run-out in Tuesday night’s NFA Hillier Senior Cup first-round clash at Kettering Town ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup second qualifying round tie with Rushall Olympic.
But one player who will definitely be missing is Greg Mills who left Steel Park on crutches following the loss to Worcester.
“It doesn’t look good,” the Steelmen manager added.
“We don’t know the full extent of the damage but it looks like it could be his ankle ligaments. He certainly didn’t look too clever.
“We will have to see how he is doing but I don’t think there will be much chance of him being fit for next Saturday.”