Steve Burr believes the 3-1 loss to Welling United was 'self inflicted' after defensive mistakes conspired to give the Wings two first half goals.
Kevin McIntyre had limped off injured when a hopeful punt from the back split the Blues defence and teenager Harry Cornick - on loan from Bournemouth - waltzed clear to open the scoring on 17 minutes.
Five minutes before half time, imposing forward Tobi Sho-Silva dispossessed home keeper John Danby and squared the ball to his captain Ross Lafayette, who slotted into the back of the net.
"I thought a lot of it was self inflicted," said Burr, whose side remain one place above the Skrill Premier relegation zone.
"We said to the guys afterwards that we can help them as much as we can off the park but once they go over that line they have to take responsibility.
"We conceded when Kevin had to come off but we were just caught napping and you've got be switched on. The second one is a bad mistake and then at 2-0 you've got a bit of a mountain to climb."
Burr picked up six points from his first three games in charge but the enthusiasm and fighting spirit on show against Barnet, Woking and even in defeat to Forest Green Rovers was not in sight here.
"Collectively as a team we have got to do a lot better," said the manager.
"I think maybe we thought we would go out there and pass it around them without doing the ugly side of it.
"Welling worked very hard in the first half in particular and that's something we need every week and you can never not do that."
Things improved marginally in the second half but even the most eternal of optimists would have realised there was to be no comeback when Joe Healy drilled home a third goal on 53 minutes.
New signing Matty Taylor pulled one back on 55 minutes and Jason Jarrett should have done better when poking wide from close range but that was about as good as it got for the error-strewn hosts.
"We had a bit of a go second half and even after that we had a couple of chances that we could have done better with but it just didn't happen," said Burr.
"I think the two goals that we conceded have affected us and they are self inflicted and in this division if you go two behind you have got a mountain to climb
"You start to chase things and make mistakes but in general really we just didn't have enough to get back into the game.
"The team are down the bottom for a reason but I think a lot of that has got to do with confidence
"I see them on Thursday nights passing to one another and the movement is excellent but obviously it's putting that onto the big stage and against your opponents. I think we can do a lot better with a bit more care in all areas.
"I think for us we have to be at full tilt to get the result and maybe just one or two were off key today who have shown really good performances in the past."
Taylor - on loan from Forest Green Rovers for the rest of the season - showed promise and the quality of his finish suggests he has the ability to play a key role in the battle for survival.
"That was his first game for a while and he was struggling to the end but it was pleasing that he got his goal," said Burr.
"He took it well and I'm sure that we will see a lot more of that."
Former Stockport County midfielder Matty Mainwaring watched the game from the stands and Burr confirmed he would be joining the club on non-contract terms.
Mainwaring, 23, spent five years with the Edgeley Park club and played more than 80 times before being released at the end of last season.
He joined Hyde over the summer and has made 11 appearances for the Tigers this season. He signed for Macclesfield Town on loan in November but did not feature for the Silkmen.