Joel Lynch says Huddersfield Town need to be sharper at both ends of the pitch - starting against Preston North End at Deepdale.
The 28-year-old, who stood in as skipper in the absence of fellow centre-back Mark Hudson through suspension against Cardiff City last
Saturday, is disappointed by his side’s three successive defeats in all competitions.
After conceding 10 times in that sequence, Lynch says Town must cut out the mistakes at the back and become more clinical in front of goal.
Against Championship play-off hopefuls Cardiff, who won 3-2, Lynch said Town “dominated all the way through”.
He explained: “It was disappointing to lose given that we controlled the game from start to finish.
“We were disappointed that we didn’t take our chances.
“When we went to their place we didn’t control the game, but we did in this one.
“There was almost a comeback at the end after Harry Bunn scored.
“I got a flick-on and it almost got us into the box but no one ran on to it.
“We didn’t take our chances and a few defensive mistakes have cost us.
“It’s small mistakes and we need improve and eradicate them and become more clinical in front of goal.”
Lynch added: “I think we have created enough chances. It’s just about taking them.
“We’re not going to win games if we’re not scoring goals and we had enough chances to win the game against Cardiff.
“It sounds like I’m blaming the strikers, but I’m not. It’s a team thing and we all have responsibility.
”We generally defend well and a few mistakes are always going to cost us unless we have a cushion.
“We are creating more than enough chances and our football is getting us into the box so all we have to do is start putting the ball in the back of the net.”
On wearing the armband in place of Hudson, who is also suspended against Preston, Lynch said: “It was good to captain the side but it was just a shame about the result.
“All we can do is go onto the next game and if David Wagner needs me to step in again as captain then I will.”