Simon Rowland has called on his players to stand up and be counted as they look to hault a winless streak that now stretches seven games.
The Eastbourne United boss says his players were lacking in confidence as they were beaten 2-0 by Chichester City in the Peter Bentley Cup andthey face an equally tricky-looking trip to high flying Pagham in Sussex Division One tomorrow (Saturday).
Rowland watched his side fluff their lines time after time on Tuesday night as numeorus opportunities went begging.
Similar chances seemed to find the net with ease at the start of the season but he says his players have forgotten what is like to win.
After having to contend with numerous injuries, the bulk of the United squad are returning to full fitness and Rowland refuses to use that as an excuse for their recent dip in form.
“We’re a side low on confidence. And the injuries have hit us hard.” he said.
“But there’s no moaning or excuses from us. Players are coming back and we’ve got a much stronger squad than we had a few weeks ago.
“It’s now down to individual character. We need to start believing in ourselves but that only comes from winning games and we’re nowhere near that at the moment.”
While the boss has players coming back, he had to watch on in despair as defensive rock Dan Pollard limped off against Chichester with a fractured foot. Dean Stevens is also still out, Wade Eason and Ben Dartnall remain doubtful, but Bailo Camara provides a welcomed boost with his return.
United still face a tough test against an in-from Pagham side, who are third in the league, but Rowland thinks it could play into their hands
“We aren’t expected to get anything. There was an emphasis on us to win against Chichester but that isn’t the case for Saturday.”