Cork City boss John Caulfield could not hide his frustration after the Leesiders' second league defeat on the bounce and lamented, "we can't score".
Waterford came away from Turner's Cross with a 2-0 win on Friday night thanks to goals from Bastien Hery and Zak Elbouzedi.
Cork went down to a 1-0 loss at St Pat's last week and are without a point this campaign.
Caulfield is confident his new-look side will click, but he's well aware they need find goals from somewhere fast.
"We're very disappointed. Waterford played really well in the first half, we didn't play as well as we'd hoped. In the second half we were much better, created a few chances, but at the moment we can't score. That's just the way it is.
"There's a huge challenge there. They're good lads, they work very hard. It's a difficult time for us but we will be competitive, there's no doubt about that. We did a lot of work in training this week but we didn't carry it out on the pitch, particularly in the first half.
"On Monday night [against Sligo Rovers] we move on again."
Cork lost the likes of Jimmy Keohane, Kieran Sadlier, Steven Beattie and Barry McNamee over the winter and have opted to bring in young talents loaded with potential but short on experience.
With Shamrock Rovers, Bohs and St Pat's already six points ahead of them, Caulfield's men go to the Showgrounds in need of a win.
"Every game this year in the league is tough," added the manager.
"You look at Waterford, if they can keep that team fit they are well capable of challenging for the league. They've invested heavily, and that's the way it is.
"We're in a difficult position at the minute, with a new team, new players who are all very good lads but at the moment it's about the pressure of being able to play in front of 4,500 people and also getting that experience.
"There's no doubt this team will bounce back but there's no doubt it is frustrating because we haven't scored in the last two games."