IAN O'Reilly has called for consistency from his unpredictable men.
The Crewe boss has been left bemused after the same team which recorded good results in recent weeks succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of unfancied Club AZ at Reaseheath on Saturday.
He admits he is unsure why his outfit can not string a sustained run of form together, and feels it must be a psychological problem.
Now he has demanded his men get their act together.
O'Reilly said: 'It seems we play well for a couple of games but can't stay consistent. They had two shots and scored two goals, but we were absolutely dire in the first half.
'I honestly don't know what the problem is. We were only missing Lee Westwood from what is probably our strongest line-up. We are such a moody team and you don't know what you will get from one week to the next. That is not the way to win a promotion. We need to get into good habits quickly.'
The first half was goalless and Jon Dawson hit the crossbar in the second half as Crewe probed. But a lack of communication between keeper Steve Harding and defender Darren Vickers saw an AZ striker nip in and give his side the lead. An unmarked header made it 2-0, and although Alan Brown should have done better with a good opportunity, the hosts never truly threatened.
The misery was compounded when goal machine Jimmy Costigan suffered what appears to be a cruciate ligament injury which could rule him out for the rest of the season.