Damien Delaney was honest in his assessment of Crystal Palace's defeat at home to Swansea City, insisting that the Eagles can't "dress it up" and called for hard work to begin to turn the season around.
"We're way below where we should be, but we can't make excuses. We can't dress it up," the defender said after the 2-1 reverse in SE25.
"They've been playing reasonably well and they showed the concentration that maybe they've lacked. But having said that, to get back to 1-1 and to lose to a late goal is crazy."
Angel Rangel's strike minutes from time restored the Swans' lead after Wilfried Zaha and scored a stunning equaliser late in the second half. It was Sam Allardyce's first home game as Palace boss and - despite his record for avoiding the drop as manager - Delaney insists that there is hard work to be done by the players.
"He's got a tremendous track record, but we can't rely on that," he said. "He's not going to make us [into] anything without tremendous hard work on the training ground. There's no point blaming other people, it's on our shoulders now. We've got to get back to the training ground, get back to work."