Alan Hutton has called for the Aston Villa fans to support the team as they face up to the reality of a relegation battle.
Villa's draw at West Brom on Saturday means they have now gone eight games without a Premier League win and sit just three points ahead of 18th-place Bolton, who have a game in hand.
Villa boss Alex McLeish is feeling the wrath of supporters and has been the focus of chants and banners demanding his exit.
But Hutton insists the club's players are backing their manager and believes the Villa fans should do the same if they are to survive the drop.
"We understand what the fans expect of us," said the 27-year-old Scot.
"Villa is a massive club. They want to see us up there challenging. But they have obviously sold a lot of big players.
"We understand where they're coming from, we're trying to give our all."
Villa's away support chose to focus on backing their team against the Baggies at the weekend, a game in which Hutton was fortunate not to concede a penalty and receive a red card for his blatant handball in the area.
Hutton added: "You want the fans to get right behind you. I thought they were brilliant on Saturday.
"We need the fans right behind us. If they want to voice their opinion afterwards then so be it.
"It gives you that lift to have the crowd totally behind you, especially at such a big stadium like Villa Park.
"No matter what goes on or what is said outside the team, everyone is 110 per cent behind the manager.
"We are all fighting for each other and fighting to stay up."