Aston Villa face a crucial clash with Bolton on Tuesday after drawing 0-0 with Sunderland at Villa Park on Saturday, according to Tony Cottee.
Martin O'Neill returned to his former club for the first time since leaving Villa and his side came away with a point to pile more pressure on Alex McLeish's side.
Villa are still five points clear of the relegation zone with four games to play but Cottee fears a fierce run in could pull them into the fight for survival if they can not beat Bolton on Tuesday night.
"It was a disappointing match and Villa certainly faded away in the second half and did not create any chances and they are not being helped with injuries," he told Soccer Saturday.
"There are not too many alternatives on the bench. He is playing a lot of the kids and they are struggling to create chances.
"I think the end of the season can't come quick enough for Villa.
"They have 36 points, now I have looked at their fixtures and they have a big game against Bolton on Tuesday - if they lose that game the pressure is going to be right on them.
"And young kids playing under pressure - it will not be easy. They have West Brom, Spurs and Norwich after that.
"West Brom is a local derby, Spurs are going for the Champions League and the last game away to Norwich - it is not any easy run in for Villa.
"But the key game is Tuesday without a doubt and the fans have got to get right behind Villa and be patient and try to cheer them across the line. Even a point would be enough."
Cottee said that Sunderland manager O'Neill would have been frustrated by the decision to rule out a Nicklas Bendtner header for offside.
"I have got no excuse for the assistant referee," Cottee added. "He is looking at the defender first and then the forward, if it was the other way around then perhaps you could understand it.
"Bendtner finished well but he was given offside. It was a poor decision."