Mark Hughes has slammed his side's indiscipline after yet another red card and a defeat left Queens Park Rangers hovering just above the drop zone on goal difference.
The Welshman could only look on in horror as Samba Diakite was sent off on his debut as QPR lost a feisty derby with his former club Fulham 1-0 on Saturday.
The result means QPR have won only two of their eight games under Hughes following the sacking of Neil Warnock at the beginning of the year, including defeats against fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers and Wolves, when Djibril Cisse was dismissed.
And unless results improve quickly for the West London side they could be making a quick return to the Championship at the end of the season.
"We have just come through a period where we had hoped to get more points than we have been able to," said Hughes.
Sooner rather than later
"That is a disappointment for everybody because ideally we would have more points on the board by now.
"Obviously if you don't keep people on the field of play, it makes it really, really hard to win Premier League games.
"I'm saying exactly the same as what I said after the Wolves game, to be perfectly honest. We were totally in control of that game prior to the sending-off and went on to lose it.
"We have got to help ourselves and once we do that we'll come through this and we'll get points on the board, but it is a case we have to do it sooner rather than later."