Alan Curbishley has warned his West Ham United players that their season is in danger of 'fizzling out' after they were beaten 1-0 at home by Portsmouth on Tuesday.
The Hammers saw their winless run stretch to three games after a fifth home league defeat of the season and afterwards Curbishley warned their top-half position in the table in under threat.
West Ham are now just four points clear of Tottenham in tenth place in the Premier League table.
"The opportunity has been there for us to push on but we haven't taken that," he told the club's official website.
"Tonight I think we ran out of one or two ideas about how to break Portsmouth down. It is something we have got to think about.
"We have got five games left. We have got a really tough one away from home on Saturday. They (Bolton Wanderers) are fighting for their lives and we have to do better than we did tonight.
"I'd like to at least stay tenth but we have got to win some games for that to happen. We are a bit up and down.
"We have got to definitely win some of the next five games because we won't stay where we are.
"The season will fizzle out and we will end on a downer. That is the last thing I want to do."