Belper Town boss Jon Froggatt wants his team to find their nasty side.
The Nailers went down to a 3-0 defeat at Workington AFC on Saturday as they missed a chance to move off the bottom of the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
Workington netted in first-half stoppage time before adding further goals including one in injury time, and Froggatt says that his side must show more ‘fight’ as they aim to stop the rot and put an end to their away-day struggles.
“We are good enough, but we need to believe in ourselves more and put that little bit more fight into our performances,” said Froggatt.
“It’s never easy when you’re down there at the bottom of the league, and it can affect you mentally when you go a goal down in games.
“But what we really need is for everyone to fight for each other and show a little more determination.
“At the moment, it feels like one stop forward, then two steps back.”
He said that the team performed well but that standards must be maintained for the entire 90 minutes.
He said: “We played relatively well in the first half and we defended well against the wind.
“We conceded a first-half stoppage time goal and I’m not sure where the referee is getting the amount of added time from?
“Perhaps, understandably, that then deflated the lads coming in at half-time after playing well in the first half, where we could have really pushed on in the second half with the wind in our favour.
“But for a handful of them, it seemed to kill them in terms of desire and they came out second half looking a little disinterested.
“We were playing a good side, but we showed first half that given the conditions we could go and put a fight up in the second half, but for one reason or another the personal pride in some of the players went out the window.”
Froggatt and assistant-player manager Mark Ward named themselves on the bench for the game, with both featuring as second-half subs.
Despite the changes failing to earn the Nailers a share of the spoils, Froggatt remains upbeat about Town’s survival prospects.
He added: “Me and Mark came on and it certainly helped us as we held the ball up a lot better. We improved in the game and then Steve Warne had a great effort well saved by their goalkeeper and they went on to score the third and that killed the game.
“I’m still confident we’ll stay in this league, and I’m certainly not down.
“If I’m not down, then nobody else should be.”
Belper were in Doodson Sport Cup first round action on Tuesday night, with Grantham Town the visitors.
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