DEFENDER Andy Holt, whose late equal-iser earned Wrexham a point in their 1-1 draw at Peterborough United on Tuesday, said he and his team-mates had to accept the blame for lapses that have seen the Dragons concede seven goals in three away games.
A textbook error saw Wrexham fall behind at London Road and, though Holt was pleased to rack up his second goal of the season, he admitted there was plenty or room for improvement.
"It's been a while since I got on the scoresheet but more importantly we got a point from the game," he said..
"We were at sixes and sevens again for their goal. We weren't in a straight line and there was lots of room behind us. If we'd been right, their lad would have been offside, but we weren't so it was another sloppy one from our point of view.
"We need to tighten up and if we can do that we know we are going to score goals and win our games."
Manager Denis Smith has rarely been able to stick with a settled last line of defence so far this season but Holt added: "I don't really want to make excuses because we've got a lot of experienced players who should be able to play wherever they are asked to.
"At the start of the season we weren't conceding many goals and we've got to get back to that. But our confidence is not dented because our home form is fantastic and we need to concentrate on that for Saturday."
Smith also emphasised the need to work harder on the training ground.
"We can't go on defending the way we are and you wouldn't think I used to be a defender or that we've got experienced players back there," he said.
"Peterborough's goal was embarrassing and we've got to deal with that. We dealt with the problems we had on Saturday, but perhaps overdid things to make the mistakes we did here and that should not happen.
"I thought we had the better of the play until they scored and we then looked rocky for a while, but early in the second half we had the better chances before they came back again."
Smith insisted his players would learn the required lessons in the coming weeks and added: "I know I've had a go at them recently but they are a great set of lads and they want to win.
"They know they are making mistakes, but they are not happy with it and they are desperate to win. It's my job to make sure they know their jobs and at the moment there's a few of them falling down.
"The lads' attitude was first class again and while there's work to be done to get us where I want, we are not that far away considering we are not happy with the way we are playing.
"We know we can do a lot better but if I get negative people in the dressing room they won't be playing.
"I said at the beginning of the season that if we were in the top 10 in January, we'd have a chance of getting there. We're not even in November yet but I believe I know how to push things through from that position.
"It's an approach which generally works if you've got the bottle to do it. I've got the bottle and I've got to make sure the players have it too."