Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman says his team must scrap for every point this season.
The Lancashire side have slipped to 20th in League Two following Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury.
"We've got to keep working hard and it's going to be a scrap," he told BBC Radio Lancashire.
"We want to be competing at the top end of the table. I hope we've got enough about us for the fight that is ahead."
Coleman added: "The players I put across the white line have always been able to punch their weight or even above their weight.
"And this season we're not for some reason.
"Maybe we're struggling with the system, maybe we're struggling with the players I've brought it.
"So I've got to take the blame for that.
"I won't be shirking my duties and responsibilities. It's going to be down to a lot of hard work.
"We were in the same situation last year come the end of October. We'd only had three wins and a quite a few defeats but managed to turn that round."