Dave Carter has challenged his misfiring Horndean side to deliver three more wins and secure Wessex League premier division survival.
The Deans boss laid down the law after poor defending gifted a 4-2 victory to Alton Town at Five Heads Park on Saturday.
A first-minute mistake from Aaron Fennemore gifted the visitors an early lead in the encounter.
And three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half killed the Deans off.
The home side hit back with late goals from Chamal Fenelon and Louie Bell but it was too little, too late.
And while Carter rued the absence of key men, he was still expecting more from his troops.
‘We were missing four first-choice defenders and knew we would be up against it from the start but we did not defend well,’ he said.
‘Once we scored we looked a different team but by then we had left ourselves too much to do.
‘I reckon we need three more wins to stay up and that is our priority.’
Hayling United went down 2-0 at Hamworthy United despite putting in a competitive performance.
‘The final scoreline did not really reflect the game and our effort,’ said Humbugs manager Steve Poulton.
‘The first goal was always going to decide it and unfortunately they got it 15 minutes from the end.
‘We were without two of our key players – Scott Thornton and Jack Salter-Vaile – so can take a lot of positives from the game.’
Three goals in eight first-half minutes set Fareham Town on their way to a 3-1 win at Brading Town.
Sam Doswell headed the Reds in front before Graham Lindsey grabbed two in as many minutes.