Southend United manager Phil Brown said he hasn’t taken a soft approach with his players ahead of this weekend’s game against Leyton Orient.
The Blues boss admitted harsh words were spoken on Thursday morning in a team meeting and that spilled over into training.
And the Blues boss knows that he and the club need help from the football gods, alongside taking care of business themselves against Leyton Orient, in order to stay in the division.
"I’m not here to be softly, softly with these players,” he said. "As far as I’m concerned, we let ourselves down when the first goal went in [against Colchester].
"A lot of people have told me that has been synonymous of the season so far. I’ve never been involved with a group of players that if the opposition score in the first minute or the last you’ve lost the game, I don’t subscribe to that I’m afraid.
"How I’m going to turn that around in a short space of time, I don’t know the answer to that question. All I can try to do is try and motivate this group of players.
"We had a real heart to heart meeting [on Thursday morning] where there were a lot of harsh words spoken; no softly, softly stuff.
"The harsh reality of where we are and why we are here, anybody can do the maths with regards to the goals that we’ve scored and the goals that we’ve conceded.
"The feeling in the camp is one of sorry for yourself, and I haven’t got time for that.
"We’ve got three games that we’ve got to win, and we’ve got to keep our fingers crossed and pray to the football gods that we can catch somebody, and the only one we can catch is Barrow.
"No, I haven’t been nice with them or trying to pick them up, I’ve been hitting them hard and if it works great, if it doesn’t then we’ll lose on Saturday and that’s certainly not my intentions.
"I’m trying to win three games of football, starting with Orient."