Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar has insisted the players are "still all behind" their manager Paul Lambert despite their season taking another turn for the worse this week.
Villa suffered the infamy of being knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the semi-final stage by League Two side Bradford as they lost 4-3 on aggregate on Tuesday.
The result has increased pressure on Lambert, who was on the receiving end of 'you're getting sacked in the morning' chants from Bradford fans, as his side also face a battle against relegation.
Vlaar said: "The players are still all behind the manager. That is not an issue. Why should it be? I didn't hear the Bradford fans sing that (about being sacked). I cannot believe that will happen. I believe he is the right man for the job."
Villa next face a trip to Millwall in the FA Cup on Friday evening, but Vlaar is aware the priority is top flight survival ahead of next Tuesday's home meeting with fellow strugglers Newcastle.
He said: "We have to pick ourselves up. We have no option. We have no choice. We are fighting really hard in the league. Everyone is very disappointed. We have to get ourselves together and start over again.
"Staying up is the most important thing for us. We have to look forward, keep our head, get together. We all know the situation we are in so we have to fight back. But we want to do well in the FA Cup as well if we can."
Vlaar knows Villa have to improve at set pieces and he admits he was at fault for Bradford striker James Hanson's decisive goal from a corner in the second leg.
He said: "Why can't we defend set pieces? It is a very good question. We work a lot on that. I just can't answer that question. Bradford scored all four goals over the two legs from set pieces which is bad.
"As to their goal at Villa Park, it's my man so it's my responsibility. I should have done better but I didn't. It was a bad moment for everybody. It killed the game actually. But we defend as a team and try to score as a team. Our football is getting better if you look back to the last weeks."
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.