Chester joint boss Bernard Morley expressed his disappointment after his side saw their promotion chances hit, following a 2-0 defeat at Spennymoor at the weekend.
The Blues were undone by goals either side of half time from Ryan Hall Glen Taylor.
The result has left Chester outside of the play-off positions and Morley is keen for a strong reaction from his players, with the club now on a run of three league games without a win.
“It’s not acceptable,” Morley told The Chester Standard.
“I just feel in terms of quality we are really lacking in a lot of areas – the final ball, the desire to be on the front man and the desire to get numbers in the box was non-existent today and it has been over the last couple of weeks.
“We’ve lost our identity and I don’t know what we are anymore. In terms of application it’s not what we are. In terms of desire and determination, we’ve lost that bit between our teeth which we need to get back as soon as possible before it’s too late.
“When you see three or four players wanting to take the penalty when they all know who the penalty taker is, it’s never a good sign and it shows a lack of character in the dressing room. What we were was really hard to beat and all of a sudden we’re getting undone by the basics of football which we can’t coach – it’s down to the individuals in terms of decision making and that was what was poor today and that was collectively all over the pitch.”