Lewin Nyatanga never imagined Barnsley would lose five games in a row in League One this season.
But the centre-back remains confident the misfiring Reds can turn things around after their worst league losing run since August 2009.
“Any defeat is tough to take, especially because of the position we’re in. So losing to Fleetwood doesn’t make things any easier for us,” revealed Nyatanga.
“I don’t think we performed at all. It’s hard to put your finger on one thing, but I think we just didn’t perform collectively and individually. And so that’s disappointing.
“I couldn’t see us losing five league games in a row, definitely not. At the start of the season everyone had high hopes.
“At the start of the season we played very well despite not picking up in a lot of games.
“But you never expect to lose five games in a row – and we know that’s not acceptable. We need to stop that as soon as possible.
“It’s results at the moment, we really need one. I think next Saturday [away to Scunthorpe] we’d take a terrible performance a win, we just need a win.
“Winning is the business we’re in, but also we need to start playing better.
“If you want to start moving up the table you need to play well. You need to find that consistency.
“As a group collectively we really need to get together and make sure this [losing run] stops.
“We don’t want it go to six or seven games, that isn’t acceptable.”
Defeat for the Reds, who last won in the league on 26th September – over a month ago – saw them slip into the bottom three for the first time this season.
And Nyatanga knows the club need to get points on the board quickly to their faltering season back on track.
“It’s not nice going into the bottom three,” admitted Nyatanga. “For a club this size we should not be anywhere near.”