Zat Knight believes Bolton need to become 'horrible' to play against if they are to turn the corner and start climbing the Premier League table.
A 13th defeat of the season saw the Trotters hit rock-bottom on Saturday, with just nine points collected from 15 games so far.
Panic is yet to set in at the Reebok Stadium, but it is clear that an alarming slump needs to be addressed if the club are to preserve their top-flight status.
Knight acknowledges as much and feels Bolton need to rediscover their fighting spirit, allowing them to start grinding out results.
Following a 2-1 reversal against Aston Villa over the weekend, the centre-half told the Trotters' official website: "Saturday was one of those games where we felt we could get something.
"The first half was sloppy and we conceded easy goals.
"In the second half we came out with more fight, but it's a result that is hard to accept. Their goalkeeper pulled off some good saves as well, but when your luck is down then nothing goes for you.
"We have to do better all over the park - in defence, midfield and up front.
"There's no point doing the work on the training ground and then not putting that into place in the games. We need to fight because we don't want to be down there.
"It's still tight and there are games coming up, but we have to stop saying we can win them and instead we have to go and get something.
"We have to go out and grind out results, even if it is just starting with a point because that would be a better result than what we have had in our last few games.
"That would give us something to build on and some confidence, but first of all we have to fight. If we are resilient and hard to beat then there is every chance you can win games.
"We need to get back to the nitty-gritty and be horrible, hard to beat Bolton. We need to be a team that others fear and when the time comes to play us that they know they have been in a game.
"Teams need to play us and work extremely hard for every point."