Fulham striker Brian McBride insists the players must take responsibility if they fail to adapt to the tactics introduced by Roy Hodgson.
Hodgson replaced Lawrie Sanchez at the end of last year, but has steered the club to just one victory so far.
And while McBride feels Hodgson has the right plans for how to improve matters on the pitch, he admits the players have not yet managed to fully get to grips with his ideas.
“Since day one, Roy has focused a lot on the shape of the team, getting us to have a greater understanding of movement with the ball and without the ball,” he said.
“He’s changing the style and we’re all having to adapt. He’s trying to play a brand of soccer that’s attractive to watch for a lot of people.
“It’s up to us to understand what he wants us to do and do it – if we don’t it’s our fault.
“Our shape’s been 4-5-1 mostly and there’s quite a bit more possession in midfield, which is something he wants. As a team we need to be a little bit more penetrating.”
USA star Eddie Johnson has given the team an extra element since arriving from Kansas City Wizards in January, and compatriot McBride feels he could be an important player in the run-in.
He added: “The addition of Eddie has given us some pace that can hopefully create some more space in the middle of the field, while defensively we are much more solid.
“Eddie’s adapting to the players very well and getting an understanding of where his team-mates want the ball to be played and where he wants the ball.
“He has a lot of ability and the willingness to learn.”