Wisbech Town manager Brett Whaley’s patience is wearing thin with his under-performing players as they go into the Boxing Day derby at home to Holbeach.
The Fenmen go into the festive clash on the back of another poor result at Harrowby United on Saturday.
Wisbech let the ten-man hosts back into the game to claim a share of the spoils after Michael Frew had headed his side into an early lead.
A disappointed Whaley said: “One point from our last three games is nowhere near good enough.
“After taking the lead we showed the mentality of expecting to win.
“We didn’t show Harrowby enough respect. We lost our shape and didn’t do the basics well enough.
“The club and supporters have been extremely patient and have taken on board what I said at the start of the season.
“They have kept supporting us but you can’t keep asking them to wait for us to get it right.
“If it was one performance in ten you could perhaps accept that but we are six months into the season now.”
Whaley feels that the Fenmen need to take a leaf out of Holbeach’s book.
“When you look at sides who are winning leagues or pushing for promotion, they manage to get results when things become difficult.
“They grind results out and see things through. Holbeach are doing that and that’s why they are winning games.
“If you look at our last three games, Holbeach would have picked up nine points out of a possible nine, whereas we have only picked up one.”
Midfielder Rob Hughes will miss the festive programme due to his honeymoon while Steven Reid is suspended for Saturday’s clash.
Holbeach, who claimed Wisbech’s scalp in this season’s FA Cup, have won four United Counties League games on the bounce.
After Saturday, Wisbech travel to Huntingdon on the Bank Holiday Monday.
Striker Josh Ford is banned for the clash against his former club, but both Ollie Gale and Ollie Pinner return to the Tigers’ squad.