West Ham United hero Tony Cottee says it's time for the players to prove their worth.
Cottee does not blame Gianfranco Zola for their plight â€“ he believes the team should take a long, hard look in the mirror.
West Ham travel to Everton, another of his old clubs, today seeking just a second away win of the season and having lost their last six matches.
â€śItâ€™s down to the players,â€ť Cottee told the Sunday Mirror. â€śI am going to Goodison hoping we donâ€™t get a hammering, four or five nil.
â€śItâ€™s a game West Ham are not expected to win, but it would be terrible for morale if we were mauled.
â€śAnd yet I look at the team and think that, on paper, they could beat Everton. They have four England internationals at the spine of the team: Robert Green, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker and Carlton Cole. Then thereâ€™s the likes of Mark Noble and Jack Collison.
â€śSo the players have not been performing. Now is the time to put that right â€“ or else theyâ€™ll go down.â€ť