Stephen Warnock admits to being worried by Aston Villa's current plight with the club sitting just three points above the Premier League drop zone.
Villa were knocked out of the Carling Cup against arch-rivals Birmingham in midweek and Gerard Houllier has been without up to a dozen senior players since he took charge three months ago.
However, the defender has refused to blame the injury crisis for Villa's lack of form and he believes there is enough quality in the squad to start putting a winning run together.
The 28-year-old insists players must start to 'knuckle down' in a crucial period for the club, starting against his and Houllier's old club Liverpool at Anfield on Monday night.
He said: "You've got to look at it and wonder why you are down there. You have got to worry, of course, you've got to worry.
"No-one wants to be down in those bottom places and we are no different to anyone else.
"We are not used to be being down there. We are used to being at the top and fighting for Europe.
"It will be interesting to see how the lads bounce back.
"There are a lot of big characters in the changing room so hopefully it won't be for too long.
"There is a lot of experienced players on the field. There is a mix at the moment and it's trying to get that balance.
"The young lads are learning all the time and it's tough for them because you don't get time in this league."
Warnock added: "Why are we down there? It is not down to injuries. There is enough quality in the squad to go and get results.
"We are conceding too many goals, we are not scoring enough goals. It is as simple as that.
"We are not putting chances away and then we are leaking silly goals.
"It is disappointing from the defenders point of view that we are conceding so often and as many goals as we are conceding.
"I think we've got to knuckle down, get our heads down and work as hard as possible on the training ground to put it right."
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