Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander insists there’s no excuse for his team’s rollercoaster form.
Town have played more games in December than any of their League Two rivals and a severely depleted in midfield.
But, ahead of the Boxing Day trip to Morecambe, Alexander told The Gazette it’s down to himself and his playing staff to find much-needed consistency.
He said: “We have had a busy schedule.
“But that’s because we’ve been doing well in cup competitions, it’s down to our own success and it’s something we’re glad of.
“We can’t use it as an excuse.
“We’re not going to moan about fixtures, it’s up to us to go out and put those little things right.”
Defeat at home to Cheltenham Town on Saturday saw Fleetwood slip out of the automatic promotion places.
They follow that up with a tricky Boxing Day Lancashire Derby at the Globe Arena.
And, despite Morecambe’s form, it’s one Alexander is wary of.
He insists the key is to concentrate on his own camp and to put right the costly mistakes of the last seven days.
He said: “If you’re on good form and flying you can afford to concentrate on the opposition.
“We can’t do that.
“We’ve got to make sure we’re concentrating on what we’re doing.
“It’s only little things, such a fine line, half a yard here or there.
“But it can’t keep happening, we know that.”
The town boss insists a study of Saturday’s game showed there was little wrong, but for the goals conceded in the first and final 30 seconds.
But Alexander knows that is two mistakes too many for a side with ambitions of promotion.
The continuing inconsistency at the top of League Two kept Fleetwood in touch with the leading pack.
But Town’s manager knows it’s time for consistency to make a difference.
He said: “Now is the time one or two clubs are going to put together a run, find that form.
“We want to do that but we aren’t going to if we continue with the mistakes we are making.
“It shows you what a difference a week makes.
“Seven days ago we were riding high on the back of a cup win and a great victory at Rochdale.
“Now we’re on a low after two defeats.”
Alexander is waiting on the fitness of a number of key players for the trip to Morecambe.
Steven Schumacher, Nathan Pond and Junior Brown all sat out the game against Cheltenham.
Antoni Sarcevic will be available having served his one match suspension having reached five yellow cards.