Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer questioned his players' attitude after their poor showing against Stellenbosch.
The Soweto giants could only secure a point at Stellies but were lucky not to have lost after the home side's poor finishing on the day.
Pirates are no mathematically out of the DStv Premiership tile and will now look to finish in the top three.
When asked if injuries had a role to play in their inconsistencies, Zinnbauer told SuperSport, "We can always talk about excuses but yes as a coach you have competition at training and more competition in the games, special players, yes, [Thembinkosi] Lorch, [Thabang] Monare, we have a lot of players and also players who were out for a long time.
"But we cannot change the football, we have to look forward and we hope next week the players come back, we discussed this all week, we're happy the player is coming back.
"But at the moment we have to play, we're strong enough, we're good enough for winning a game like this but if you don't have the attitude before the game and you think all is running before the game, I explained this before, it's not possible [to win].
"If you have a self confidence before the game like this then go forward, not trap the ball and go back, no go forward, give them the pressure, this was the plan, maybe other players are tired.
"[Abel] Mabaso he had a feeling at half-time maybe tired, [Siphesihle] Ndlovu he had long games now in a row at the moment we'll have to wait for other players then we can change.
"Yes, it's always, you see last week the peformance was top and three days later it's bad, this is the question we ask always as a coach, why it's not the same. It was the same team [ that won against Black Leopards], now in comes Mako, he makes a top performance.
"The same team that played against Leopards, self confidence, good performance, top final third [entries] but today we missed this but it's football, it changes, we look forward.
"We look forward to Sunday, we need a win there, it's important we get the head up for the players. They want [to win] in the moment they are always changing the performance," he added.