Doncaster Rovers Belles manager Glen Harris says they must learn to deal with the physicality of other teams in Women's Super League Two.
Belles suffered their first league defeat of the season when they were beaten 3-0 at home by Reading.
The result saw Reading overtake Doncaster into top spot on goal difference.
"Reading have come here and at times bullied us. We've got to learn to match teams physically," said Harris.
"We've got to look after ourselves a little bit better in those battles."
The Royals are the only side to take any points away from the Keepmoat Stadium this season.
"They know we're one of the top teams, and competing to win the league, so it's a massive result to them," Harris continued.
"They put us under a lot of pressure and we didn't deal with that particularly well. We probably let them get under our skin a little bit and didn't deal with it when they were in our faces."
Doncaster are looking to claim one of the two promotion spots back to WSL 1 this season following their relegation in 2013.
They have two further matches before the league stops for the international break and Harris is looking for a positive response.
"You learn more from your defeats than you do your wins," he added.
"You can get complacent and think that things are going really well so it's important that we do learn lessons and we will."
The Belles travel to Durham on 21 May and Yeovil Town on 31 May before the WSL 2 resumes on 11 July.