John Ovenstone wants to see his Tayport side show the character needed to help grind them away from the foot of the Super League.
‘Port remain rooted to the basement following a late collapse against Hill of Beath at the weekend when the side shipped four goals in the final 20 minutes.
And now Ovenstone is calling for his side to stand up and be counted.
He said: “We have to wise up and develop much more strength of character.
“To be truthful, we’re too nice a team and need to show a lot more grit and determination, especially when we fall behind.”
’Port had come close to the opening goal early in the second half when Scott Finlay’s header was well saved.
“If Scott’s header had gone in it would have been a totally different game, but, in the end, we were punished,” said Ovenstone.
“I am so frustrated, as I’d felt we had been making progress over the last few weeks, but that work has been undone to a large extent as that display was just not good enough.”
There is now a two-week break from competitive action.
Ovenstone revealed that there would be no break from training, though.
He said: “We’ll be working the players really hard at training over the festive period as we want to be ready for action when the next official match comes around.
“I want to see real desire and determination from the players.”