UTTOXETER Town manager Mark Grimley says his side must overcome an inability to recover from going behind.
Town have lost three out of their last four games, exiting the Leek Cup and League Cup in addition to a damaging Premier Division defeat to title rivals Wolstanton United.
“Not for a few years have we had such a tough time of it,” said Grimley.
“There’s no issue with the group. The issue is a bit of a mental block when we go behind in games.
“We’ve not found ourselves in front for a while – it’s something we need to deal with.”
Grimley’s side host improving neighbours Cheadle Town at Oldfields today, kick-off 2.30pm.
It begins a crucial eight days for the Uttoxeter side, with a midweek trip to Alsager Town before hosting Hanley Town on Saturday week.
“We need to go back to basics,” said Grimley. “Maybe go back to a 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 and build from there.
“We’ve got three games in eight days.
“But if we win those three people will be talking about us being title contenders again.
“There’s no reason we can’t go on and pick points up – there’s enough quality in the squad.”
Town’s main title rivals also have tough fixtures coming up, with Ball Haye Green facing sixth-placed Audley and Wolstanton taking on fifth-placed Redgate Clayton next Saturday.
Grimley said: “Ball Haye Green have got a big games coming up, Wolstanton as well.”