Sunderland star Asamoah Gyan has told his team-mates to forget about qualifying for the Europa League and concentrate on their performances.
The Black Cats had been riding high in the Premier League, which led to talk of a top-six finish, but have suffered four consecutive defeats.
Now, after their latest defeat at Everton at the weekend, Gyan has labelled their current form as 'embarrassing'.
"We shouldn't think of Europe," he told The Sun.
"We have lost four in a row and it is embarrassing, so we must think only of stopping that run.
"At the start we kept 11 clean sheets and we hope we can go back to winning."
Titus Bramble was equally critical of their performance at Everton.
"That was the most disappointing of the four defeats - the way we played obviously wasn't great. In the other three matches, we were able to take a lot of positives out of the games," he said.
"Even though we lost, there were elements of the game we could feel positive about. That definitely wasn't the case here. It's hard to draw anything positive out of all that.
"We'll continue to back ourselves. Apart from this game, we've not really deserved to get beat."