“Soul destroying” was Peterhead boss Jim McInally’s description of his side’s current situation.
The Blue Toon lost 3-0 to East Fife at home on Saturday.
The defeat was their third in eight days, which have seen the team ship 12 goals and fail to score.
McInally admitted confidence is low after the results but wants his players to keep battling on.
“It’s one of those situations that’s soul destroying,” he said.
“When your confidence is low and you’re keep getting hit, it’s hard to put it right that day so you’ve just got to move on, that’s the only thing you can do.”
The Blue Toon went into the game hoping a return to Balmoor would bring a change in fortunes.
But after five minutes, they were behind as Jason Kerr headed home Mark Lamont’s corner.
Just before the break, East Fife scored again as Kevin Smith headed in another corner.
Twice the creator, Lamont scored himself on 65 minutes as his free-kick near the corner flag looped in at the far post.
And with Jamie Stevenson going off after 11 minutes with a pulled hamstring, it was a day to forget.
McInally thought his side did not play badly in the first-half.
But after conceding three goals from set-pieces, he was not happy with his team’s defending.
He said: “It’s more than frustrating because it’s knocking the confidence of everybody.
“There’s not a lot you can do about it except every time it happens, tell them to get closer to people, go and be stronger, show a defiance like the opposition do to us.”
The club sit bottom of the League One table after two games with a goal difference of minus seven.
Set-pieces have been a major problem for Peterhead.
McInally has called on his players to address their defensive problems quickly.
He added: “There’s no point dwelling on it because there’s not a lot you can do at set-pieces except make sure who you’re picking up.
“That’s just not been happening, it’s been a failure.
“They’re the only people that can put it right.”