Braintree Town boss Alan Devonshire has called on supporters to stand by his inexperienced side.
The Iron ended a six-game run without a win in the league by beating Telford 2-1 at the weekend.
"Hopefully now the fans can relax a bit and stop the negativity going around the place and get behind the young team we've got," Devonshire told BBC Essex.
"There's going to be inconsistency behind that young team and they need to understand that."
Braintree made a strong start to their debut campaign in the Blue Square Bet Premier and were up to second by the end of September.
But Devonshire's side have recorded just two league victories since then, tumbling to 13th in the table.
"We're on 34 points, 16 away from our target," said the former West Ham midfielder.
"We're eight points of the play-offs and 13 off the relegation zone. So I know what we'll be looking at.
"We want to stay where we are and if we can push on a little bit more then great. Our aim is to stay up this year and hopefully we'll do that."