Tommy Wright says changes are “going to have to happen” at Corby Town in their battle for survival in the Vanarama National League North.
The Steelmen had Paul Malone sent off as they slumped to a 4-0 defeat to Stockport County at Steel Park on Saturday.
Corby now have a near two-week break before heading to fellow strugglers Brackley Town on Boxing Day while home clashes with Lowestoft Town and Brackley again follow on during the festive period.
And Wright is now adamant that there will have to be some work done to his squad before they make the short trip across the county on December 26.
“I am bored of saying that changes need to be made and everything like that,” he said.
“It’s going to have to happen now and not because we are being irrational on the back of a defeat.
“We keep giving people opportunities and you think they’ll change their mentality but they just don’t.
“Clarkey (assistant-manager Dave Clarke) summed it up. I gave him three names and he said ‘you’re not losing anything’.
“So when I have that being said to me by my best mate, I know it’s the case and we will look at it.”
When Wright was asked about the fight, or lack of it, in his team, he backed four of his most experienced players to lead the battle.
And he believes others need to “grow up” as the Steelmen face up to a fight for survival in the second half of the season.
“We look through the team we have got and if I go Duane Courtney, Clayton McDonald, Paul Malone, Anton Brown that’s four players that I wouldn’t necessarily think I would have an easy afternoon playing against,” he added.
“Those four in particular need to stand up and be counted for a full 90 minutes and give me everything they have got in the fight and battle.
“And I think everyone else around them needs to give me more and grow up over the next two weeks and man up to be honest.
“They need to buy into this fight we find ourselves in.”