Stephen Ireland has warned his Manchester City team-mates to be wary of being dragged into the relegation dogfight.
City have endured an inconsistent season with their impressive home form in stark contrast to their record on the road.
Mark Hughes' men suffered more away day woes on Sunday after going 1-0 down to West Ham and Ireland has called on his side to bounce back to winning ways against Aston Villa on Wednesday at Eastlands.
Ireland knows the league is so tight that results either way could see them challenging for Europe or battling to avoid the drop.
"Hopefully we can do it. It's so tight you can end up anywhere with a win. But with a loss you can drop down there fighting at the bottom again.
"We need a win to get back on track, and to keep winning on a regular basis, because we haven't been doing that.
"We were disappointed to lose at West Ham. We should have worked harder and created more chances.
"It was everything - imagination, sharpness. We never got off the bus, to be honest.
"Everyone knows what we have to do to get back on track. We're going to set it right against Villa."