Harrogate Railway boss Billy Miller fears a third defeat on the bounce on Saturday could drag his side into a “black hole”.
Railway lost to Lancaster City 3-1 at Station View on Saturday before “individual errors” saw them fall down 4-1 at New Mills on Monday night.
And, with struggling Ossett Albion visiting this Saturday (kick-off 3pm), the gaffer said his players need to “work their socks off” to find their winning form.
“We saw last year when you are on a sticky run and you get in a black hole it’s hard to get out,” he said.
“We have to be confident.”
Miller’s men played 70 minutes with 10 men against City after Dan Thirkell saw red for inadvertently stopping a goal with his hand.
And the decision didn’t sit pretty with Miller.
He said: “It was a refereeing blunder that’s cost us so dearly. He was the only one in the ground that made that decision.
“It killed it as a spectacle.”
Paul Beesley scored Railway’s only goal and he was on target again against New Mills.
And Miller said the on-loan Town striker has brought midfielder Nathan Cartman to life, who saw an equalising effort chalked off for offside on Monday.
“Paul’s been class for us. His work rate is phenomenal,” Miller said.
“But Individual errors cost us on Monday.
“We can put that down to concentration levels and tiredness from players that normally do really well for us.”