Darren Sarll confessed his Yeovil Town side were “well beaten” as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat at home to Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday night.
The Glovers went behind after just six minutes when Paul McCallum struck before a mistake by goalkeeper Grant Smith gifted the visitors a second on 22 minutes. Junior Morais added a third in the second half.
Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins after more than an hour with his players in the dressing room, he said the squad had been working on trying to create more goal-scoring opportunities. with the returning Olufela Olomola at the heart of the attack.
The manager said: “We have tried to change to change the page with our attacking play and trying to create more chances and get more attempts on goal.
“Whenever you do that, you reverse some of the great qualities you have on the other side of the field, so that’s a balance I need to find.
“But we were well beaten by an experienced side that were probably very happy to accept the gifts we gave them.
“We have too many learning how to create chances and if you haven’t got an immediate solution it becomes a massive problem.
“But all three goals were from turn overs of us having the ball and when the back four, when they are in such a giving mood it makes things harder.
“It underlines how that defensive shape is to us, it’s okay being open and creating chances, but you stay open for the opponent so you have to make sure you are creating a plethora of chances.
“The facts are we are not that team.”
Another blank from Yeovil means they have now scored just 28 goals in 31 National League games, conceding 33, and Sarll added that his biggest disappointment was that his side “did not implement anything we wanted too.”
He said his side have to “stare the problem in the face” as they prepare for the visit of Grimsby Town to Huish Park on Saturday.
The Glovers now have the third worst home form in the division – surpassed only by bottom club Dover Athletic and Aldershot Town – and they are fourth from bottom of the form guide over the past six matches which have heralded just three points.
Sarll said: “Grimsby is massive. We have to come and stare the problem in the face and make sure we replicate the away form.
“We will be fresher on Saturday and have more punch to us. I learnt a lot about whether the future of this team, some players can go for 40 games every week.
“We have spoken at depth and that will remain in the dressing room. Nothing too animated because I want to be balanced, I don’t want to be too damning.”
He revealed that right back Mark Little sat out the defeat having played five of the last six National League matches – completing 90 minutes for five of them – and loanees forward Sonny Blu-Lo Everton and defender Jack Robinson were both left out of the squad.
The boss said Sonny has been suffering with tonsillitis whilst Robinson has only trained for three days after returning from his latest injury.
Josh Staunton was taken off after 77 minutes against Dagenham and Sarll said the player has “a problem with a hernia.“