Dundee United captain Fraser Fyvie says the players must look at themselves before looking to new manager Robbie Neilson for help.
Whoever the new boss was going to be, Fyvie insists they have to keep working in training during the week to improve their own performances.
Former Hearts gaffer Neilson was confirmed as the new man in charge on Monday night.
However, midfield man Fyvie thinks the uncertainty of the past week concerning the managerial situation is irrelevant to what United are currently displaying on the pitch.
“I don’t think you can let it affect you,” he said.
“You kind of have to just move on, football doesn’t wait for you.
“As players we can’t hold excuses about what’s happened. It happens at a lot of football clubs and players deal with it, so we have to deal with it as well and move on.
“If we perform we’ll win games. I think our performances levels need to rise.”
The Terrors lost out 2-0 to Championship leaders Ayr United at Somerset Park on Saturday thanks to goals from Lawrence Shankland and Declan McDaid.
The result leaves United in fourth spot, eight points behind the Honest Men, going into Saturday’s trip to Firhill to take on managerless Partick Thistle.
With no other league games on it is a chance for the Tangerines to pick up three points, regain confidence and move up the table.
And the skipper wants to see more quality on the park from the team.
He added: “It’s another hard task away from home at Partick. They lost last week and have lost their manager, too, but it’ll be a hard task again.
“It’s a tough league this year, there’s a lot of teams fighting and wanting up. Ayr are at the top and I thought they were good on Saturday.
“They were very effective and we didn’t quite deal with the forward threat.
“We looked more solid than last week, we were better as a team and I think in the final third we really need to be more calm and have a lot more quality about us but that will come and we’ll work on that.
“We probably need to not be so open, we were open on Saturday again and when they went two-up they broke on us quite well.
“They were drilled, knew exactly what they were doing and played the long ball effectively into the two strikers. That caused a lot of problems and we maybe didn’t deal with that the way we should.
“We knew exactly what we were coming into, we probably didn’t stamp our own authority on the game and, I’d probably say, Ayr had 80% of the game and we only had 20%.
“Ayr dominated in terms of the style and the way the game went.
“I think there’s a lot of work to be done, clearly, because as I’ve said many times this is not an easy league.
“Teams know exactly what they’re doing, they’ll fight for every ball, every second ball which, by the way, Ayr were fantastic at on Saturday.
“They won 80% of second balls and I think that won them the game.”
Some 456 Arabs made the journey to the Ayrshire coast at the weekend and Fyvie admits they have every right to be angry.
He said: “I said it multiple times it’s hard for them to come to games thinking negative and they’re, obviously, thinking we’re going to lose and we have done again on Saturday.
“I’m not going to sit and say they should be following us because when we start winning games they’ll be there supporting us.
“That’s the way football is and we know that as players.”