Scarborough Athletic coach John Reed called for the players to get behind boss Rudy Funk after the club’s third consecutive defeat at home to Coalville on Saturday.
Boro now lie 19th in the Evo-Stik South with five points from seven games, just two points above basement boys Brigg, who they visit on Tuesday night.
The vastly experienced Reed knows exactly what it is like to be under pressure as a manager and he feels that the players need to gather their resources in a bid to haul Athletic out of their current rut.
Reed, speaking after Funk refused to make comment to the Scarborough News, said: “We have to stick together for the manager. I know this because I’ve had all of the glory days, but when it is tough then there is only one bloke they will be after.
“I had times at Stalybridge when my own fans were spitting on me. We turned it around there and I’m confident that we can turn it around here.”
He added: “I thought we should have made sure that we didn’t lose the game against Coalville by bringing on a defender and shoring things up. I would have taken the 1-1, but Rudy took a gamble, we made some bad mistakes on the park and the rest is history.
“Rudy wants to go out there and please people, to go for the win, but unfortunately we were stung by mistakes.
“I thought the lads put in a good shift when we went down to 10 men, but it is hard playing a man down for that length of time, especially when you are up against a good side.
“There are a lot of disappointed people in the dressing room. The lads are sound, but they need to realise that 19th in the league for a club like this isn’t acceptable.
“We have to change it, whether we change the shape I don’t know.
“Tuesday is a must-win game against Brigg because if we get any further behind then we’re not going to be anywhere near the play-offs and that is ridiculous after just a handful of games.
“At the moment the players are letting us down, you can’t get away from that fact. They have to stand up and be counted for their individual errors that are costing us.
“Look at the three goals against Coalville. Jason White was reckless for the penalty, The second penalty should have been avoided and then Andy Milne was comfortably skinned for the third goal.
“We know we have some very good players, but these errors are killing us at the moment.
“If you see us in the training sessions that Bryan Hughes puts on we look untouchable, but that isn’t being transferred across.”