Greg Leigh says the Shrimps are hurting after falling to defeat against bottom-of-the-table Crewe Alexandra at the Mazuma Stadium.
The Jamaican international opened the scoring with his first of the campaign on 36 minutes after meeting Jonah Ayunga’s pinpoint cross to send a header into the far corner.
The Railwaymen equalised seven minutes into the second-half courtesy of a Chris Porter header before a Luke Murphy volley six minutes later secured all three points for David Artell’s side.
“Teams in and around us are six-point games, so to lose one hurts a lot,” Leigh said.
“I felt that the game started off sloppy [for] both sides, there wasn’t a lot in it and obviously we get the goal and started to gain a little bit of control in the second-half.
“Their [first] goal comes against the run of play and the rest is history from there, we just sort of crumbled which is disappointing.
“We have to pull our socks up and get back out there and make sure that we don’t let it happen again, because it’s just not good enough.”
Morecambe’s next game sees current bottom side Doncaster Rovers travel to the Mazuma Stadium on January 2, and the 27-year-old says the Shrimps need to find some confidence ahead of the South Yorkshire side’s visit.
Leigh added: “We really need to get back to how we play.
“We don’t look ourselves I don’t think, the main thing you’ve got to do is work hard and defend in the box, and we’re not doing that.
“I think getting back to doing that will be a starting point for us, we need to do it quickly because we can’t be doing that in five days’ time, four days’ time.”