Ross County captain Richie Brittain believes his side must find a ruthless streak if it is to haul itself away from the bottom of the Scottish Premiership.
The Staggies missed the chance to put pressure on St Mirren as they lost 3-2 at home to Dundee United at Victoria Park on Friday.
And with County travelling to fellow-strugglers Motherwell on Saturday Brittain knows his team needs to carry more of a threat.
He said: “We cannot afford to feel sorry for ourselves. We are bottom of the league. I don’t like singling out any game as being more important as they are all massive games. We’ve just got to roll the sleeves up and get stuck in.
“We’ve got to be a bit more ruthless in front of goal. Look at the Dundee United game – we had the better chances and then they stuck three away. We’ve got to be more ruthless in front of goal and tighten up in defence at the same time.”
Brittain cut a frustrated figure after his side’s defeat to United on Friday with the Tangerines surviving an early onslaught from the home side before going on to establish a 3-0 lead.
Despite being reduced to 10 men after the dismissal of attacker Liam Boyce the Staggies rallied with two goals in the final 15 minutes but Brittain knows his side has to do better if it is to survive what is becoming an intense struggle at the bottom of the division.
He said: “It’s another defeat which was massively disappointing and there is not much more I can add to that.
“Yoann Arquin should have a hat-trick. Maybe I’m being tough on him as he could have had more than one but it’s not just him, other players had chances too and didn’t score.”