David Artell said crucial moments at both ends of the field are what his side need to improve on, as the Railwaymen found themselves at the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat to Portsmouth.
The Alex boss said: “We deserved a goal without a shadow of a doubt, we had one cleared off the line and hit the bar but by that time the game is already done and dusted. And we’ve got to make sure that we are like that at 0-0 and not after we have conceded.
“I think in every game we have had spells. We dominated Oxford for 60 minutes and a good half an hour against Wycombe and again today we had 30 minutes today. But goals change games, it’s as simple as that.
“We’ve got to understand that those crucial moments in both penalty areas we come out on the right side.
“There’s no disputing effort but they’ve got to be a little bit more ruthless, and I understand that for a couple of them it was a game too much tonight. It’s not their fault, it’s where they are in their development.
“Anyone who doesn’t think that the lads are trying, then ill argue with until I’m blue in the face. They are giving everything and certainly haven’t thrown in the towel and anybody that thinks that then they’re wrong.”
He added: “We’ve got to stick together, and I think the fans have been brilliant. It’s not as if we are just accepting it, we know where we are. The lads are trying and giving everything; we have got to continue to support and develop them and we’ll get there. We did that with the last lot, and we’ll do it again with this lot.”