Ashington FC manager Gary Middleton was blunt with his post-match assessment after his side had gone down 2-0 at West Allotment Celtic on Saturday.
It was the seventh reverse for the Colliers out of 14 starts in the league this term.
Middleton said: “You get out of a game what you put into in and I don’t think we put enough in either today or in the midweek tussle against Marske.
“We are in the bottom eight because of the way we are playing at this present time, and I have said to the players in the dressing room ‘you are where you are for a reason’.
“I don’t think anyone is playing well enough and results show that.
“The lads are the only ones who can turn things around – and we have got to roll our sleeves up.”
Reflecting on the defeat, the boss admitted that his side lacked a cutting edge up front.
“I thought we started well and the game was pretty even first half,” he said.
“We passed the ball around well without making the Allotment goalkeeper work.
“We got into some good areas without really opening them up and the final ball let us down a lot.
“We needed a bit more cutting edge up top, but second half Andrew Johnson has had two great opportunities to score with one-on-ones and the game is about putting the ball into the back of the net.
“We didn’t do that and West Allotment have had their spell.
“The left winger [Kallum McGlen] has got on the wrong side of Lance [McGlen] and took his goal well, and I didn’t think we defended the second goal particularly well either.
“Reid has come off the centre half, gone inside and hit an absolute pearler.”
Middleton added: “West Allotment shut up shop and showed a lot of desire and character to cancel us out.
“I was bitterly disappointed and we need to start again against Newcastle Benfield at Sam Smiths Park on Wednesday (October 22).”