MORNINGTON coach Adam Jamieson believes his team is just an ounce of luck away from a return to form.
The men's state league 2 south-east team were the early season pace-setters but have slumped to three successive losses in their first season in the higher grade.
The Seagulls were competitive in their 2-0 loss to ladder leader Morwell Pegasus at Dallas Brooks Park on Saturday.
"Realistically, we didn't deserve it," Jamieson said.
"We were pretty poor on the weekend but other weeks we've been OK," Jamieson said.
"We had a pretty good first XI out there but we just weren't that good."
One positive to come out of the clash for the Seagulls was the debuts of Wayne Gordon and Danny Black, who joined the club from Dandenong City.
Jamieson believes the acquisitions will improve the team in the coming weeks. "I would hope that we'll improve in the next couple of weeks.
"They are a couple of seasoned players and they only played their first game for us yesterday."
The Seagulls had two golden opportunities to level the scores through striker Matthew Morris-Thomas but his miss left them 1-0 down.
"Morris Thomas had two really good opportunities at 1-0 down and could have put us in front even at that stage," he said.
"I don't think we've got ahead of ourselves - we've just given away a couple of silly goals at the wrong time.
"Scoreboard pressure in any sport makes a difference and we haven't been putting any on the opposition." A shining light for the Seagulls was the form of skipper Michael Anderson.
Jamieson is unsure what sort of role Nick Waite is going to be able to play this season. Knee tendonitis is threatening Waite's season.
■ Mornington clashes with Casey Comets at Comets Stadium, O'Toole's Road Cranbourne, on Saturday.