Scott Parker has spoken of the determination to "turn things around" after the weekend disappointment at Bolton Wanderers.
Speaking to WHUTV, the England midfielder said there was a need to stick together and look for a positive performance and result at home to Derby County this weekend and for the three final games after that. He said: "Results haven't been good, albeit at times the performances have been OK," he said. "The results haven't not been there and we are as eager to change that as much as anyone.
"I can assure everyone who is involved in and around the club that we are trying our hardest, trying our best to turn things around. It has just come at a bad time for us. We are having a bit of a blip but we just need to rally round and try and pick up a result for the next game." The loss at the Reebok Stadium was fit-again Parker's sixth consecutive appearance and he nearly got his second goal of the season with a fine shot late in the game - but it was a case of so near yet so far.
[The lack of opportunities on Saturday] was the problem," he said. "They are a big side and probably our main chances came from long distance. It was one of those games where it was always about the second ball and at times we were second best really." Reflecting on where things did not go to plan as a whole, Parker gave an honest assessment of the match and had praise for the rearguard display.
"It was a tough game ... we knew they were fighting for their lives and especially in the first half we struggled to adapt to that. The second half, they got a goal early on and we got back into the game but it was never really enough. It was just a disappointing day. I just think they beat us up a bit. First half they certainly did that, they put a lot of balls in the air, they went from back to front really quickly and we struggled at times. I thought the defenders did very well but at times we just didn't have enough going forward."