MANAGER Carl Heeley has admitted he is surprised at the lack of confidence flowing through his Worcester City side but said it was “blatantly obvious” he needed to shake things up.
The Blue and Whites suffered their fifth defeat in seven games when they lost 2-0 to Gloucester on Sunday after going a mammoth 14 games unbeaten prior to that.
And, with just two goals in those seven outings, including none in their last five, Heeley said he was struggling to put his finger on what has gone wrong at a side on the fringes of the play-offs just three weeks ago.
“We seem to have lost all our confidence all of a sudden and we are having to rely on our back four to nick us a point,” he said.
“It is frustrating at the moment because players seem to have lost their confidence and belief and that is surprising really.
“We need to swap it around a little bit, that is blatantly obvious, but it is getting players in that we feel are better than what we have got and that is not easy.
“There are one or two things we can maybe do and it is clear we have got to do something because we are stuck in a little bit of a rut.”
City’s boss pointed to their FA Cup exploits having raised the expectations of the club, but was focused on keeping his players’ feet firmly grounded and ending their 500-minute drought without a goal.
“We did over-achieve in the cup run and the expectations are higher and the bar’s been raised,” Heeley added.
“We are talking about play-off push this, play-off push that, but I am just looking where the next goal will come from.
“It is easy to go to places like Coventry and Scunthorpe and all the euphoria and it is easy to enjoy that, but I have said the Ricoh changing room and the Gloucester changing rooms are the contrasting ends of the football scale.
“Clearly we know which one’s the best one, but when you have tough times you have to work through them together and when I say together I mean all the staff and all the players.”