But, according to BBC Sport, Manager Paul Lambert insists Aston Villa will avoid relegation from the Premier League this season despite a disastrous Christmas campaign.
The West Midlands club have suffered three successive hammerings, conceding 15 goals and scoring none.
“I've been beaten up badly both as a player and as a manager. It happens.”
But Lambert said: "Everyone was positive after the Liverpool win but there is now a negativity after these three defeats.
"I understand that feeling but I have a belief that Aston Villa will be fine."
After an 8-0 defeat at Chelsea and a 4-0 home loss to Tottenham, Villa were beaten 3-0 at Villa Park by fellow strugglers Wigan.
"The last three results have certainly hurt us," said Lambert, whose side are one point above the drop zone.
"We've got a lot of injuries at the minute which certainly doesn't help, but we know we're in a fight.
"There are only two ways you can go: run with it and get going or roll over. We're going to keep fighting."
Some disgruntled Villa fans left the ground when Wigan scored their third goal on 56 minutes.
"I can understand the fans leaving," said Lambert. "The crowd have been brilliant with me and that's why I can't say anything against them. But I can understand their frustration.
"The fans have gone away as hurt as we are. We have to stick together.'