Exeter City have picked up a disappointing five points from a possible 27 so far this term, with Leyton Orient the only team in a worse position than the Grecians in the League One table.
Paul Tisdale blames the recent run of poor results on a lack of confidence within the squad, and is hoping his side can quickly turn things around at St. James' Park.
“When you’re in a spell like we are, which is a team lacking the ability to score a goal, you can be fragile,” Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.
“We’ve got to find a way of retaining the confidence and that’ll be our defining issue now over the next three or four weeks.”
Tisdale has been at helm for five years now, leading Exeter from the Blue Square Premier to Npower League One during his time in charge.
Despite having just one win in the league so far this season, the manager is adamant that this isn’t the toughest task he has faced in charge of the club.
“There have been plenty of ups and downs since I have been here, but I don’t think this is the worst time we have had.” He added: “There have been more difficult times than these,” he continued.
“On the whole, I think we are in good health, although I realise we need to pick up points.”
The manager reiterated the issues surrounding a lack of confidence, and says his players are the only ones who can overcome the problems.
“That’s the rut we’re in at the moment and the only way we’re going to get through it is by carrying on and not giving into it," he added.
“I think it’s down to the players. The players need to get through this and stick with it themselves, there’s only so much work we can do on the training ground.”