TONY Capaldi admits confidence in the Oxford United camp is now at rock bottom.
The U’s slumped to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Bradford City on Saturday – their fifth straight loss.
But it was the manner of the performance that was the most alarming, United’s dismal display seeing them manage just one shot on target in the 90 minutes.
Capaldi, who was forced to play in an unfamiliar left-sided midfield role with the club’s horrific injury list, knows the performance was not acceptable.
And he says that it is up to the players to turn things around – and quickly.
“It’s now five defeats on the bounce and confidence is as low as you can get,” he said.
“We’ve got to stick together more than ever and try and work our way through it.
“At the moment it’s nowhere near good enough and we need to each look at ourselves in the mirror and do better.
“It will turn and we will start winning again, but it’s a really difficult time at the moment.
“I’m sure it’s difficult for the fans as well because confidence is so fragile and when you concede a goal, energy just drains out of you – and I think you saw that today.
“We need to work hard and do a lot better.”
The two goals United conceded were extremely poor ones, both coming from corners.
Capaldi says that while the U’s have been the victim of stunning strikes of late, there are no excuses for Saturday’s efforts.
“The goals were shocking,” he said. “There is no other word to describe conceding goals from set-pieces.
“We can’t have any complaints there whatsoever.”
Boss Chris Wilder added: “We gave ourselves a platform by getting to half-time at 0-0, but then conceding two goals from set-pieces, that was really poor.
“As soon as the second goal went in there was just a flatness about us.”