Greg Docherty says the team have got to dig deep after the Tigers’ 2-1 defeat against Peterborough United at the MKM Stadium.
Goals in each half from Jack Taylor and Siriki Dembélé were enough to secure the visitors all three points.
“It’s really disappointing,” Docherty said.
“You think of the story of our season at the minute - it’s just the chances we miss and then we’re punished at the other end. The naivety is costing us at the minute.
“We all need to take a hard look at ourselves and really dig deep to get ourselves out of this. Football isn’t always rosy. We had the praise last year and we’re getting the criticism this year.
“It’s simply not going our way in both boxes at the minute, but you’ve just got to believe that it will change.
“It’s extremely difficult to put your finger on it and it hurts. I can see it hurts the fans as well, it’s not nice for them but we we’re the only ones who can get ourselves out of this rut at the minute. We’ve had two negative results but it can change very quickly.
“The nature of this league is that it’s relentless and we’ve got a quick turnaround and a massive opportunity to go and put it right.”
After losing back-to-back games against Huddersfield and Peterborough, the Tigers will now begin preparing for Saturday’s game away against Luton Town as they look to turn their form around.
“Every defeat hurts but this one hurts because of the way we played,” Docherty added.
“If something doesn’t go your way on the pitch like the penalty miss, you should go again and keep going. That gave them a little lift, and then they get one chance and score. We need to be honest with each other. It’s the only way we’re going to get out of this.
“There’s no hiding behind it. We all want to be here and we’re creating more than enough opportunities to win games. If we’re not going to score them, we need to be ruthless in our own box and that’s just not happening at the minute.”