Wolves midfielder Karl Henry believes his club have underperformed during the first half of the season.
The Midlands club are just one point, and one place, above the relegation zone and face the daunting prospect of a trip to the Emirates on Tuesday.
Mick McCarthy's outfit have been on the wrong end of some contentious refereeing decisions over the last few weeks.
However, their tenacious former captain is refusing to accept that as an excuse for their current plight.
"We know it's not acceptable, where we are in the league. We have underachieved, 100%. I don't think anyone is in disagreement about that," said Henry.
"If you had asked us where we wanted to be at the start of the season, it certainly wouldn't be in or just above the relegation zone.
"We expected more points than we have got and it makes it hard every game you go into now. We need more points."
He added: "People say we've not had the best of luck but there are times when we haven't been good enough.
"Yes, there have been a few things that have gone against us. But you make your own luck and we started on Tuesday night by coming back and getting a positive result against Norwich.
"We might have lost that game a couple of weeks ago and it was a good point in the end."