Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp was left frustrated by his charges following the 1-0 defeat to Baroka at FNB Stadium on Saturday night.
A second half strike from Tshediso Patjie handed Amakhosi their second league defeat of the season, leaving them rooted in seventh place with five matches to go.
The performance was a far cry from their previous outing where they were clinical in ousting Cape Town City from the Nedbank Cup, something the German tactician pointed out in his post-war interview.
“We saw two, different games from the same players,” Middendorp said after the match.
“We had nearly the same starting XI from last week, where we saw a fantastic performance. We had the attitude and hunger, and we spoke about it the whole week that we can’t let our guard down this week.
“When you are playing teams that are fighting for survival, you can’t be half-hearted and that’s what we were. We didn’t have the right attitude and didn’t play the soccer game we are capable of playing.
“We need to take the right lesson from this defeat. Just because we had a fantastic game last weekend, doesn’t mean everything is in place.”
Chiefs’ next stop is Thohoyandou, where they will square off against yet another side not far from the relegation zone in Black Leopards.
They next turn their attention to the Nedbank Cup semifinals with a visit to Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, 20 April.