Bedford Blues captain Nick Fenton-Wells feels his side ‘are letting themselves down’ following the 21-31 defeat to Cornish Pirates at Goldington Road on Friday.
The Blues made a poor start in the Greene King IPA Championship match as they conceded two tries within the first eight minutes, before entering half-time 24-7 behind.
A much better performance after the break brought them back to within three points, but a late Craig Holland try for the visitors sentenced Blues to their fourth straight defeat on the bounce.
Speaking after the defeat, Fenton-Wells said: “It’s so disappointing because there is so much more that this squad has to offer and we’re just letting ourselves down.
“I think they scored 24 points off our mistakes in the first half. We dropped the kick-off and they went and scored, then we tried to play our way out and they scored again. Finally they got an intercept try right on half-time.
“ I don’t know why it takes us being down by 17 points to make a game out of it when we should be hungry from the get-go.”
The second half performance was one of real attacking intent by Mike Rayer’s side, as the hosts looked to attack from all over the park.
Former Saracens man Fenton-Wells is hoping his team use those positives in the remaining four matches and look to continue to play, but only when the chance is on.
“That’s how we’ve played all season; just because we want to run the ball it doesn’t mean we have to throw it around every chance we get,” claimed the South-African.
“In the second half we came out like we actually wanted to be here – prior to that we were just chucking the ball around like it was going to happen.
“However from working with these guys the whole year, there’s no doubt that the talent is there but it’s just a question of getting it right on the day.”
He added: “I wish we could put a whole performance together and silence our critics.”