Denis Betts cut a disconsolate figure after Widnes slumped to a disappointing 36-8 home defeat against Wakefield on Friday.
The result consigned the Vikings to the bottom two and Betts admits his team need to find a spark ahead of their involvement in the Qualifiers.
“It was patchy stuff again – we started okay, got back into the game at 8-6 and it was pretty even and we were in the mix, and then we put ourselves under pressure,” said Betts.
“Our completion rate was atrocious, we just can’t keep hold of the ball. Our skill in the game at times was average and it felt players were just trying to get through the game.
“We came out in the second half and were competitive in patches but then made poor errors and gave penalties away and we lost the momentum battle then they scored and our confidence goes.
“To be fair Wakefield are playing well with confidence and are difficult to play against and we are a side searching for something and not able to find it at the moment in a game.
“We have a tough turnaround at Warrington on Thursday night and we are searching for confidence and my job is get the spark back into them.”