Brian McGuckin has urged Derry to dust themselves down and iron out the "basic errors" that are threatening to derail their promotion push.
The assistant manager bemoaned costly sloppy mistakes in the wake of the 2-15 to 0-12 Allianz Football League Division 2 defeat to Tyrone on Saturday night, as the Oak Leafers slumped to a second loss on the bounce.
McGuckin is targeting a swift response against Laois, but warned his team must lift the performance levels a couple of notches to have any hope of reviving their hopes of going up.
“We felt there were issues last week that we had to address [after the loss to Galway]. Certainly our work rate improved but what really let us down was our inability to deal with kick-outs and breaking ball," he said.
"It isn’t where we want to be. We’ve been beat this week and beat last week by two good teams. We have no complaint." - Brian McGuckin
"We made a lot of basic errors and Tyrone punished our mistakes. They made mistakes too but we just weren’t as potent at the other end.
"It isn’t where we want to be. We’ve been beat this week and beat last week by two good teams. We have no complaints; Tyrone were fully deserving of their victory, and so were Galway. We’re going to have to dust ourselves down and learn."
Goals from Sean Cavanagh and Aidan McCrory kept the Red Hands on top of the table following a convincing nine-points success at Healy Park.
With a Seanie Johnston-inspired Cavan sweeping past Armagh, a congested league table now leaves no room for error.
"We’re still a work in progress, our aim is to go to Laois next week and pick up two points and get back into the chasing pack," added McGuckin.
"I know that Cavan won as well which brings them level on points with ourselves. We know where we are, we know what we have to do and we’ll be going to Laois prepared for a battle.
"We know they are a very capable team and we’ll need to be paying to the best of our ability if we’re to get two points next week."