Speaking to Aston Villa’s official website, Joe Cole has called on the club to unite after being plunged into the relegation zone following last night’s “devastating” 2-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Hull.
Villa have now gone 10 games without a win after being handed their fifth straight loss, with a section of the 1,400 travelling fans at the KC Stadium holding up a banner during the match that read: ‘Lambert Out’.
The claret and blue faithful got their wish, with Paul Lambert since gone after labeling the team’s remaining top-flight fixtures “13 cup finals,” and Cole insists that the right results will come if the fans, squad and staff all stick together over the coming months.
"We're devastated with the result, but we have to stick together," the veteran midfielder said. "I take full responsibility for my role in the squad and the team. I've been working hard alongside all of the other boys trying to turn it round for us.
"There were a lot of disappointed lads in the dressing room and I'm sure there were a lot of disappointed Villa fans on the way home as well.
"But we've got to stick together and we are fully aware that they are thirteen cup finals for us now."
Now sitting 18th in the table, Villa face a run of fixtures against Stoke, Newcastle, West Bromwich, Sunderland and Swansea through to the end of March, ahead of what’s set to be a nervous end to the campaign.
Beforehand, though, the club host Leicester in this weekend’s FA Cup tie, which Cole views as a welcome distraction to help instil some confidence into the dressing room.
“I still believe the old adage that these games can be vital for your season in terms of confidence,” he said. "We want to win and build some confidence, get the trust of the fans and create a brighter atmosphere.”