IAN O'Reilly admits he may have to go back to the drawing board after seeing his side slip to a fourth consecutive league defeat on Saturday.
The Crewe FC boss will consider wholesale changes in a desperate bid to stop their Division Two promotion dream sliding from their grasp.
Now without a league win since early December, the Cumberland Arena outfit have dropped into the bottom half of the table and, while they have games in hand, lie 11 points off the promotion places.
The home defeat to neighbours Tarporley came as a bitter and unexpected blow, and O'Reilly concedes he is struggling to find the answers.
He said: 'There were no excuses this time. The referee was excellent, the pitch was brilliant, the weather was fine. But we were poor.
'Even at 1-0 up we looked second best and Tarporley deserved their win. Only Steve Harding, Danny Athorn and Dave Hanson did themselves justice. You can't expect to win any game with just three players doing well.
'I feel we have perhaps over-achieved in the past. Most of the players who did well in Division One a couple of years ago are still with us. And, if anything, we have added better quality since.
'But the players who did well before are not hitting the same levels. I have kept faith for a long time, but now I feel I should be giving some of the fringe players a chance. Maybe they'll do better.'
Crewe were dealt a blow before kick-off when striker John Scar-lett failed a fitness test, but they still fielded a strong line-up.
The youthful and enthusiastic visitors made most of the running in the first half, but they did fall behind to predatory Hanson's 16th of the campaign.
But Victoria scored twice soon after the restart to peg Crewe back. PJ Hudson's sweetly struck shot on the turn brought the hosts all square, but again Tarporley hit the net with 15 minutes left.
Crewe did rally and Hanson was unfortunate to see a shot cannon off a post late on, but the visitors held on for a deserved three points.
O'Reilly has moved quickly to bring in fresh blood, signing left-footers Shaun Chandler and Richard Illgman. Both could figure at Maine Road Reserves on Saturday, but Athorn is unavailable.