Tommy Wright knows Corby Town must discover a ruthless streak if they are to find their form again in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
The Steelmen suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat to struggling Bideford on Saturday to make it two league losses in a row.
Manager Wright was furious with his players for the manner of the defeat after they made the perfect start thanks to Edi Appleton’s second-minute header.
They were unable to build on that and Wright said: “It’s not the nicest phrase in the world but when you have somebody by the throat and they are struggling after two minutes of a game, you have to finish them off.
“We have to be more ruthless, more clinical. But we stopped and then laid down and died at the end. There was no fight and nothing about us at all.
“From the minute we scored we just did our usual, casual sitting back and we have been done by two teams at the bottom of the table in seven days.”
Corby, who are still second in the table despite the defeat, return to action on Wednesday night as they take on third-placed Redditch United at Steel Park.
Wright may well decide to ring the changes for the game and he showed he isn’t afraid to make snap decisions after hauling midfielder Shane Byrne off at half-time on Saturday.
Asked why he did that, Wright added: “There were two reasons. One, he wasn’t playing very well and secondly, he was on a yellow card and looked like he might get sent off.
“Shane will know himself and I don’t expect anything to come back from that.
“But it could have been anyone to be honest. I probably could have brought five or six off at half-time and we were winning 1-0, it was that bad.”