UWE Rosler refused to rip into his Brentford players following today's lacklustre draw against Carlisle – but did admit his side looked too lethargic.
The Bees were held to a frustrating stalemate by a side picking up only their second point of the season, and only being kept off the bottom of the League One table by Coventry's points deduction.
But while Rosler took the heat off his team, the Bees boss warned his troops some of them are not performing to the required level and could find themselves under pressure soon.
He said: “The first 45 was disappointing. We were very lethargic and low in tempo, and most of the players were lacking in confidence. The warm up was not good, and that carried into the game.
“The second half was better, especially when we went down to 10 – we were running, passing and moving off the ball.
“However, nine players got to rest on Tuesday, whereas most of the Carlisle players played in a tough game, but you could not see any difference in terms of energy or desire.
“Only five players performed, but it was an isolated thing, not a general thing. We had the best home record in the league last season and have seven points out of nine here this season.
“The players are not machines, we will not win every time at home – it's not like that. But some have not performed in two games now, and we may have to make changes.”