Newcastle United's Mike Williamson has said that the atmosphere at the club has been 'a bit fierce' so far this season.
The Magpies disastrous start to the campaign and sustained poor form over 2014 has led to a toxic environment being created around St. James' Park and Williamson admits that it has been hard to play in.
Although the experienced defender understands the fans' frustrations he feels that the only solution may be to block out the concerns, as they look to get back on track.
"It’s the profession and to play or manage at this level you need thick skin," the Chronicle quote him as saying.
“People are entitled to their opinion because they come along and support the team."
“Sometimes it can be a bit fierce, but that’s the industry we are in, and we’re just trying to communicate that we’re trying all we can to get that win."
“We’ve got the same goals as the fans and if it’s a case of blocking it out then that’s what we need to do.”
Newcastle are still looking for their first win of the season, with a number of disappointing performances being particularly concerning.
The side have already dropped points at home to Crystal Palace and Hull City, whilst a heavy defeat on their travels to Southampton may be the lowest point of the campaign so far.
It has led to fears of a repeat of the 2008/09 season, where the team were relegated, ensuing and the club can ill-afford for that to happen.
Another spell in the Championship would be a hammer blow for a side with the size of a support-base that Newcastle have.
The Magpies are one of England's sleeping giants, but it seems the extent of the pressure from the fans is weighing heavily on the team.
Even so, Williamson says that the club are determined to make St. James' Park a fortress in the future - and they are intending to start by beating Leicester City this weekend.
“The manager has actively been trying to rectify this because we want St James’ Park to be a fortress," he said. "It’s a fantastic stadium and the fans are incredibly loud.”