ANDREW Poyser says Bluebirds 6-0 defeat to Frenchville has served as a mid-season wake-up call.
Coach Poyser admitted the result had exposed weaknesses within his squad, singling out his side's poor decision-making and failure to capitalise in attack.
"We've struggled in the mid-part of the season to be consistent," Poyser said.
"There are a number of things we need to improve on, including taking those opportunities."
Poyser highlighted the ill-discipline on display by his team which curtailed any meaningful pressure the Bluebirds were able to place on Frenchville.
"We need to work hard on taking our chances in attack and learn to be a bit more competitive," he said.
"Had we capitalised on our chances in the first half and put at least one goal in, it might have been a different game."
Poor defence and a handful of errors helped Frenchville edge ahead, scoring two quick goals to lead 2-0 at half-time.
Just as Frenchville hit top gear, Bluebirds' defender Steven Voss and mid-fielder Darren Holmes were taken from the field with injury concerns.
From then the top-seeded CQ Premier League team muscled up and made life miserable for the depleted Bluebirds outfit.
"We had a few players unavailable starting the match and injuries early in the second half certainly didn't help." Poyser said.
"But it wasn't the injuries that killed us; Frenchville really stepped up and proved they were the better team.
"Frenchville have some quality, experienced players in their mid-field and front line and they took their opportunities."
Bluebirds will have a shot at redemption when they play seventh-placed Nerimbera at Webber Park on Saturday.
"We need to improve across the park if we want to be competitive, hopefully we can do that," Poyser said.
CQ PREMIER LEAGUE
Emerald Eagles 0 def by Capricorn Coast 7
Clinton 6 def Southside United 0
Berserker 6 def Nerimbera Magpies 2
Bluebirds United 0 def by Frenchville 6