Sean McConville admits the mood in the Stanley camp is low after three straight League One losses – but it's up to the more experienced players like himself to pick the team up.
The Reds have lost to Barnsley, Rochdale and suffered a late loss to Wycombe Wanderers last night, despite McConville opening the scoring and Billy Kee hitting the woodwork.
It's a break from league action on Saturday as Stanley take on Cheltenham Town in the FA Cup Second Round and the winger knows the team need to turn the season around.
“It's low, very low,” said the 29-year-old. “The run we're on we need a win and we know, if this game was last season, we would have seen it out comfortably.
“People are saying we're on a bad run but it's a tough league and a tough level.
“We're playing Portsmouth, Barnsley, Coventry – we're playing good sides and it's not like we're getting three or four-nilled every week but we feel we should be winning these games.
“Maybe a bit of luck isn't going our way at the minute. Billy's one when he hits the underside of the bar, on a wet night they usually go in. Their keeper's pulled off a few incredible saves. Maybe it's just a bit of luck swinging our way and getting that second goal.
“But we can't feel sorry for ourselves. We've got a young team so it's maybe down to the experienced lads to rally the troops and, as an experienced player, I'll be doing my utmost to get the lads up for Saturday now.
“We've just got to keep going. It's an unforgiving league so teams punish you. I think that's the difference this year. Teams are clinical in attack.”