Player-manager Scott Rogers revealed Willand Rovers’ first-half performance in their 2-1 loss away to Slimbridge on Saturday was the worst they have played all season.
The hosts went ahead after just three minutes and doubled their lead midway through the half from a free-kick.
Although Willand’s second-half performance was better, and they cut the deficit through Brett Worbey’s penalty, they were unable to force an equaliser.
Rogers felt their poor first-half display caused them to fall to a second consecutive defeat after Wednesday night’s 4-0 loss to Plymouth Argyle in the Devon St Luke’s Bowl
He said: “It was a bad day at the office and the first half was probably the worst we’ve played all season. We just weren’t at the races at all and we had a few players missing, like Luke Alden and Lee Smythe, our two wingers.
“I’m not making excuses but we were out of sorts and it showed. We improved in the second half as we told the lads to make sure they went out and won the half.
“Their second came from a free-kick that went straight through Kurtis Parkin’s hands. He’s been magnificent for us this year and it’s just one of those things – a keeper’s mistake gets highlighted a little more.”
Next up for Willand is Gillingham Town at home on Wednesday, with Rogers keen for victory.
“It’s a really big, must-win game as we need three points,” he admitted.