York City Knights coach Chris Thorman was not impressed by his side's 26-22 home win over unfancied Gateshead in their third Northern Rail Cup match.
"I can endlessly list variables that coincide with a poor performance, but it does not explain the performance at all," Thorman told BBC Radio York.
"We've set standards. I can't really put a positive spin on that display, we've got a lot to fix up."
Despite that, the Knights still made it three wins out of three this season.
"I'm not going to make excuses," said Thorman. "I've told them the only good thing about it is that we won.
"Attitude-wise we were off it. If your attitude's not right than you will get beat, and we were very close to getting beat."
Thorman made nine changes to the side, bearing in mind the lowly opposition and it being their third game in eight days, and few of the players did their short-term prospects any favours.
The Knights continue their Cup campaign at unbeaten Pool B leaders Sheffield on Friday.
"If any of those boys expect to play on Friday," added Thorman, "then they've got some impressing to do in training."