Frustrated Gainsborough Trinity manager Dave Frecklington said he didn’t know why his side was so inconsistent as they fight for their National League North lives.
Trinity lost 1-0 at play-off chasing Tamworth on Saturday to remain in the relegation zone.
That meant they had taken just one point from their last seven seven matches.
Frecklington, who is still looking for his first win in charge after taking over the hot-seat from Dom Roma, said: “I am frustrated. We were a different team again in the first half to how we were last week, when we put in a really positive performance (against leaders AFC Fylde).
“At the start of the game we were absolutely miles off the pace. We didn’t really turn up in the first half for a big game.
“We had earmarked this as a possible three points if we had put in the same performance as last week.
“But we didn’t. We were a lot better in the second half, when we were brighter and competed better.
“But by then it was too late, the first 45 minutes had gone and that’s not good enough. We need to address that quickly.”
Tamworth were denied in the first half by good saves from keeper George Willis. But the Trinity shot-stopper had no chance when Danny Newton gave the hosts a 35th minute lead.
Ashley Worsfold and Callum Chippendale might have equalised at the start of the second half for the visitors.
Worsfold also went close when he failed to beat the keeper who was on the ground.
And, despite putting plenty of balls into the home penalty area, Trinity were unable to find an equaliser.
Frecklington added: “Ash (Worsfold) has got to score. That’s what it came down to — what happened in both boxes.
“They scored one and we didn’t score.”