TIVERTON Town manager Leigh Robinson called on his players to make a New Year's resolution to break some bad habits following the Yellows' 4-2 Pitching In Southern League Premier South defeat at Salisbury on Saturday.
Not for the first time since taking charge at the Ian Moorcroft Stadium, Leigh saw Tivvy fail to press home their advantage when on top and was exasperated that the Yellows went in at half-time 1-0 to a Dan Fitchett goal.
"A feeling of huge frustration comes from today and in a way epitomises the last few weeks," he said.
"We’ve got an awful habit at the moment of not capitalising when we’re on top and, in turn, handing the momentum to the opposition. Today was unfortunately another example of that. We’re finding new ways to not win and, in the key moments, also finding ways to not score, and that simply has to stop.
"We were excellent in the first half today: Salisbury were flat; the stadium was flat; they were struggling for ideas; and we looked really comfortable. However, we didn’t take the chance to take the lead when it came along and gifted them a goal at the other end.
"From that point, what looked like a difficult afternoon for them got easier as we handed them the initiative."
Two goals inside five minutes around the hour mark from Noah Coppin effectively sealed victory for the league's second-placed side.
Coppin completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot in stoppage time, after Jack Rice had continued his fine goalscoring form for Tivvy and just before River Allen scored a late, late Yellows' second direct from a free-kick.
Leigh said: "Winning is a habit and losing is a habit. We’re not doing enough at the moment to force results our way and we all need to find a solution to that asap."