Leroy Lita insists that Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has received too much criticism.
The pressure has mounted on Southgate following the club's relegation from the top-flight.
A bright start to their life in the Championship was soon halted as they went on a three-game winless streak - which included home losses to West Brom and Leicester.
Southgate was openly booed by the club's fans, but Lita says that was too harsh.
"The other night (Leicester) the gaffer took way too much stick, it was us the players who deserved that, we weren't performing," said Lita.
"We were told what to do and we didn't do it. The gaffer can't play for us.
"We just want to do well for him and the fans and us. We've all had disappointments, but we need to look forward, not back."
Southgate himself insists he can take the pressure on him.
"All managers are working under the same rules," said Southgate.
"You are always only a couple of results from being under pressure.
"Look at Sheffield United now. They've started okay, but had a couple of disappointing results, and their fans are upset.
"That is the nature of this division. I think situations within football clubs change all the time.
"We are relatively good internally and I think that is accepted, but we know that if we don't start producing and getting results at home then there will be a pressure.
"I don't think the fans are thinking any differently than I am.
"We both want the same thing, and that's to see the team in the Premier League next season.
"Of course there are times when we have to be patient when teams come here and shut up shop against us.
"They know that if they can keep us out for half an hour or so, then they might silence the crowd and make things more difficult for us.
"Most teams will try to do that and it's something we have to deal with.
"We have to accept that we will lose some games like Leicester. It happens. We should have beaten them but we didn't.
"But then you look around and you see that Newcastle have not won either of their last two home games and West Brom were beaten at home after beating us.
"You have to put a setback behind you, learn whatever you can from it and then move on to the next game.
"Nobody in this division frightens me in a one off game. I'm sure they don't frighten the fans either.
"We can get any results from any of our matches, but we won't win them all.
"It's a long season and we just have to try to keep improving with every game."