Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez has accused his players of continually flattering opponents following Sunday's 2-0 defeat a home to Manchester City.
The Latics were guilty of defensive mistakes for both goals as Carlos Tevez and then Yaya Toure took full advantage.
Martinez's side have picked up just four points from the first 15 on offer and afterwards the Spanish coach was in critical mood.
"On the whole we have created Manchester City's best chances for them and that is the real disappointment," he said.
"We have been too soft in that department and then all the good work we have done, all the fight we have shown, counts for very little.
"It's a shame that the players will get no credit for that performance because we have given the game to Manchester City with two soft goals.
"We keep flattering opponents and that is something that has been self-inflicted. It's something we need to eradicate from our game.
"We restricted them to very little and all they had to go on was our bad play.
"In order to fulfil our potential this is an area of our game we must improve."