Whitey Anderson accused some of his Ballinamallard players of believing their own hype after a dismal performance at Stangmore Park.
A week after shocking Crusaders, the Fermanagh men slumped to defeat against Dungannon Swifts.
Another goal from Matt Hazley – his third in two games – saw Dungannon maintain their winning start to the season.
But it was a hugely disappointing afternoon for Anderson, who warned that improvement is needed ahead of this weekend’s clash at Glentoran.
“Dungannon started off far hungrier and I think some of our boys thought they were still back at the training ground,” he said.
“They got a bit of a rocket at half-time and we showed more commitment in the second half, but at the same time we didn’t have enough in the final third to trouble Dungannon.
“We just weren’t good enough and I need to see more hunger in our next game against Glentoran.”
The table certainly makes impressive reading for Dungannon fans, with only goal difference keeping Darren Murphy’s side off pole position.
And while it is unrealistic to expect them to stay there for long, there are encouraging signs that this could be a more productive season for the club.
“If we play the way we can then we could push towards the top six,” Murphy added.
“From last week to this week we have progressed and got a bit better. Hopefully we can keep that up and move towards the top half.”