Lee Bradbury accepts these are tough times for the Hawks following their 3-0 National League South loss at Truro City.
The Westleigh Park outfit suffered a fourth successive league defeat, which left them in 16th place and just two points above the bottom three.
We have to be far more ruthless in both penalty areas – defending at one end and sticking the ball in the net at the otherLee Bradbury
Bradbury’s team, who are still yet to win on the road this season, endured another long journey home empty-handed.
The manager insisted, however, that the final scoreline did not reflect the true story of the game.
‘If you take their goals out of it, we played well,’ said Bradbury.
‘It looks a thrashing on paper but it wasn’t.
‘We defended poorly and the game highlighted just how much we are missing our injured defenders.
‘It was a game where we had the majority of the possession and created the better chances.
‘I bet the Truro manager cannot believe they have won by a 3-0 scoreline.’
The Hawks’ injury jinx continued when striker James Hayter was ruled out during the warm up.
That meant Marvin Morgan was drafted into the side – with goalkeeper Charlie Searle taking his place among the substitutes.
The visitors soon found themselves chasing the game after they fell behind after only 10 minutes. Debut-making Jamie Reid, on loan from Exeter City, ran on to a long ball over the top and lobbed the stranded Ryan Young.
After the early setback, the Hawks took charge.
But not for the first time this season, they failed to make their superiority count.
Matt Paterson sent an effort against the top of the crossbar following an excellent move.
Adrian Clifton failed to make contact in front of goal and Morgan saw his goal-bound effort cleared off the line.
Truro keeper Martin Rice denied Paterson again at the start of the second half before City extended their lead.
A corner found unmarked central defender Jamie Richards, who headed in from close range.
‘We have to get back to basics and regain the solidity we had at the back last season,’ said Bradbury.
‘We won a lot of games with the only goal because of our resolution.
‘If it means we have to win ugly then so be it. We have to be far more ruthless in both penalty areas – defending at one end and sticking the ball in the net at the other.’
Truro sealed the points 17 minutes from the end when substitute Isaac Vassell ran clear to beat Young.
‘The league table doesn’t lie and it doesn’t make pleasant reading,’ said Bradbury.
HAWKS: Young, Boco, Clifton, Blanchett, Strugnell, Monthe, Swallow (Thomson, 76min), Donnelly, Paterson, Morgan, Azeez (Mullings, 76min)