Notts County manager John Sheridan was again left to rue poor decision-making in today's defeat at Colchester.
The Magpies were beaten 2-1 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium despite taking the lead through Elliott Hewitt.
And Sheridan was frustrated to see his side concede two avoidable goals to let the three points slip.
He said: "The simple thing is we can't keep clean sheets.
"I thought we started the game quite well and we got the goal. But, as a manager, you can't make decisions for people on the football pitch and unfortunately on too many occasions we make the wrong ones.
"The first goal is a prime example - making ourselves vulnerable by trying to win the ball and ending up conceding. Once we go under the cosh we seem to become reckless in our clearances, in our decisions.
"While we are in this position we've just got to work our socks off to try and get out of it. Teams are fighting for everything and we're in a position we don't want to be."
Next up for Notts is a trip to Peterborough United in an Emirates FA Cup second-round replay on Tuesday night.
Sheridan said: "We know what's at stake. We've just got to go there and try and give it our best shot because there is a massive attraction of going to Chelsea.
"I won't lie down - I'll be working my socks off to get it right."