Neil Aspin admits his FC Halifax Town side must start keeping clean sheets after losing their fifth game of the season 3-1 at Wrexham.
The Shaymen have been beset by poor defensive displays so far this term and more errors at the back helped the hosts into a 2-0 lead before Jordan Burrow halved that deficit with his fifth of the campaign.
But Wes York’s second-half goal put Wrexham out of reach, leaving the Town boss to bemoan his team’s defensive frailties.
“It was always going to be a hard game today even if we were in good form,” he said.
“Against any of the big clubs you must be defensively sound, especially early on.
“But we gave away a goal in the first 10 minutes from poor defending and then the second goal, I feel was worse.
“We’ve lost the game in the first 25 minutes.
“We’ve conceded goals in every game and until we start keeping clean sheets consistently it’s going to be a struggle.
“Although we’re in a poor position at the moment I do feel we can improve, which we have to do.
“But we need to be taking the lead in a game. That’s six games now and we’ve gone behind in every one.
“We need to be scoring the first goal which will give us some confidence and then try and use that as a basis to go on and get a result.”
Aspin says striker Jordan Burrow is doing his bit up-front to help The Shaymen kick start their season, but that his side’s defence is the reason for their faltering start.
“At the moment, defending is what’s letting the team down,” he said.
“The forwards are not getting a lot of service up to them.
“They’re doing a lot of chasing, which they’re willing to do.
“It was a lovely cross for the goal and a good header by Jordan.
“We’re bottom of the league but the lad’s scored five goals which is a great return.
“As long as we’ve got a chance of scoring a goal we know that if we can turn it round defensively then hopefully we’ve got enough to get out of this mess.”
Aspin was tight-lipped about the absence of Elliott Whitehouse, who was not included in the 16-man squad.
One player who was included was new signing CJ Hamilton, who joined the club on a month’s loan from Sheffield United along with David Brooks, and made his debut in the second-half.
The Town boss says more new faces could materialise before the end of he transfer window.
“We have to keep battling and keep believing,” he said.
“We also have to keep looking for players, but a lot of them don’t want to go to a part-time club and that limits your choice.
“But we’re trying to get players in. We have got a couple of young lads in but they’re lads with potential.
“And with Andy Bishop leaving we need more experience.”w