Torquay United are lacking a vocal leader on the pitch, according to manager Chris Hargreaves.
The Gulls have lost their last four games in all competitions.
He said: "We haven't really got natural talkers in the squad. We've not really been able to get that type of player.
"We've got plenty of lads that lead by example and that fight and try their best, but we haven't got that real voice that gives proper information constantly," Hargreaves told BBC Sport.
Torquay's problems have been compounded by a lack of goals, with the club going 285 minutes since they last hit the back of the net as they slipped to 15th place.
The club, who were relegated from the Football League last season, are 19 points off the final play-off place with 11 games to go.
"It was always a chasing situation wasn't it?" Hargreaves added. "I haven't achieved what I wanted to achieve, that's for sure. As a player I did here, but not as a manager yet.
"But the fight and the desire and the commitment to the job is as it was on the first day I walked in. At the moment we haven't quite got that firepower and those tools to really challenge at the top."