Gary McSheffrey spoke to the media following a 3-0 defeat at home to Sunderland in Sky Bet League One.
Goals from Ross Stewart and Elliot Embleton, along with an own goal from Ben Blythe sealed three points for the visitors at the Eco-Power Stadium.
On where the game got away from his side:
“We were punished by quality, but the three goals from our point of view were poor as we lost our shape for each of them.
“We need to be more disciplined and sit in our shape but we found it difficult to close them down quickly enough.
“Nobody likes losing games but we can’t dwell on it for too long because Morecambe next is a big one for us.”
On his younger players having to step up:
“Ultimately it’s a balancing act because the lads have to take their opportunity and I think some have.
“There is a bit of a lack of self-belief due to the situation we’re in so we’re trying to encourage them to express themselves more.
“If you’re low on numbers the young lads have to play and it is a great chance for them to show what they can do.”