Ajaccio midfielder Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi has told his team-mates they will need to develop a mean streak on the pitch if they are to stop their current slump in form at home to Valenciennes.
Fabrizio Ravanelli's men have won just once all season in Ligue 1 while a run of three successive defeats has seen them slip into the relegation zone, just two points above Saturday's opponents.
A midweek Coupe de la Ligue loss to Bastia did little to appease disgruntled fans who are beginning to question Ravanelli's suitability at the helm.
And Pierazzi feels the only way they can turn their season around is to show greater aggression.
``We have to concentrate 100 per cent on this match against Valenciennes because it is a crucial match for the rest of the championship,'' he told www.ac-ajaccio.com.
``From now on, we no longer need to calculate anything: we have to go on the pitch and take the three points, no matter how.
``We must take our opponents by the throat and squeeze, be much meaner during matches.
``We need to have more confidence in ourselves. We have to win on Saturday and then things will fall into place.''
Valenciennes are in an even more worrying position and have not won since the opening day of the campaign, losing eight of their 10 matches since then.
Their cup challenge was also ended in midweek with defeat to second-tier Troyes and coach Ariel Jacobs has warned his players he is not afraid to swing the axe.
``I was quite frankly embarrassed,'' he said.
``For us, it is our collective insecurity which is proving costly. Our opponents do not need 26 chances to score but we give them that anyway.
``Now those who want to wear the shirt to save Valenciennes will be given my preference over those who think they are stars.''