Nigel Davies admitted Simon Easterby's yellow card cost his troops a valuable victory following the slender defeat against Glasgow Warriors.
The Scarlets trailed 13-11 when experienced flanker Easterby was harshly sin-binned for an altercation with Glasgow skipper Alastair Kellock in the 67th minute.
But Davies reckons he will have to read the riot act to his players in a bid to stop the ill-discipline reoccurring. He said: "I'm really annoyed because we deserved to pick up something from the game.
"We bombed a couple of guilt-edged opportunities in the second half but our discipline has become a huge issue again.
"We've made a big point of it but in our last two competitive games we have been penalised as a result.
"Simon's sin-bin was at a key stage of the game and the kick allowed Glasgow to put us out of reach of the bonus point.
"Simon has told me he was yellow-carded for retaliating and you can't afford to do that. It's a difficulty for him because he is a player and a coach and as coaches, we're adamant that our discipline will get better.
"There's a responsibility on all the players whether they are young or old. But we will have to sit down and talk about that because we can't play without 15 men on the field."
The Scarlets rallied in emphatic style after Rob Dewey's first half try at Firhill put the hosts in command. Full-back Dan Evans crossed before the break and Rhys Priestland kept the visitors in touch before Easterby was ordered off by Irish official John Lacey.
But the Scarlets chief insists there were positives to take following his side's first defeat of the season. "I'm hugely frustrated because it was a game we could and should have won. We didn't control the game in the first half but we showed plenty of endeavour and character and the line-out was a strong point for us. But we're just not helping ourselves."
Rhys Thomas, who was axed following his yellow-card last weekend, is expected to return for the Scarlets' home clash with Munster next Saturday.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.