Remi Garde has attacked his Aston Villa squad, accusing them of not putting in enough effort. The Midlands strugglers drew 1-1 against Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup third round on January 9 and, following the game, the French manager questioned the desire of his players.
Villa are rooted at the foot of the Premier League table and Garde is upset that his relegation-facing side are consistently outworked by opponents.
"I've got a lot of respect for Wycombe, especially after the game, but then we have to question ourselves and wonder why we didn't win," he said, according to The Mirror. "We were upset to have conceded an equaliser and then everybody made individual runs without caring about the team balance. I was not happy about that.
"To win games we have to have 11 players playing at 110% and this is not the case at the moment. Every game the opponents are running more than us."
Wycombe goalkeeper Alex Lynch, 20, said he was aware of the problems surrounding Aston Villa and tried to exploit their lack of confidence during the game.
Lynch said: "You could see [the fans] getting agitated and I thought it could work in our favour.
"They got on their players' backs. When we go there perhaps it will become a bit hostile for them and if their fans get impatient or anything like that it will probably work in our favour.
"They will have a right go at them I suppose. For our lads it is a chance to play against some big names in football like Micah Richards but our front two gave him a right go and were very hard all game."
The draw at Adams Park came shortly after Aston Villa's former chairman, Sir Doug Ellis, said demotion from the Premier League appears to be inevitable. "It looks a certainty that we are going to get relegated, I can't see us being saved," he told The Mirror.