Morecambe winger Kevin Ellison has admitted the Shrimps simply haven’t been good enough in 2014.
They have just two wins in their last 21 games and head to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday three points above the relegation zone with two games to play knowing a draw will probably be enough for League 2 safety.
It is a run that has seen Jim Bentley’s side slip from play-off hopefuls to looking anxiously over their shoulder entering the final stages of the season.
The 35-year-old said: “The Southend and Newport wins were in the space of four days and as a team it’s not been good enough since Boxing Day when we beat Fleetwood.
“We could have had a chance of the play-offs then and if you look where we are now at the end of April and we’re fighting for our lives.
“We might only need a point but we want three.
“We know what we’ve got in the dressing room and we’re not accepting where we are at the bottom.”
The low point of that run was probably the 2-1 defeat at Hartlepool on Easter Monday where the Shrimps were 1-0 to the good against the 10-man Pools with half an hour to go.
Ellison said: “I think Hartlepool might have been the worse moment yet.
“We were 1-0 up against 10 men and we folded like a pack of cards.
“It’s not good enough from me and the rest of the lads and hopefully we can put that right.”
The Dons game looks like the perfect one to bounce back in with Neil Ardley’s side assured of League 2 safety. Ellison however believes some Wimbledon players will still have plenty to play for.
He said: “It’s a massive game for everyone involved at the club but it’s a funny one for them.
“People will say ‘ah you’re playing a mid-table team who have got nothing to play for’.
“But some of them will be out of contract in the summer and playing for their futures. It’s not going to make it any easier, if anything it’ll be harder.
“It’s up to us to go there and do our jobs to put things right.”
The fact that the Shrimps have left if this late to secure survival means the pressure is on, but it’s something Ellison isn’t unfamiliar with.
He said: “We’re not in the best position but nerves and pressure shouldn’t be a problem.
“We’ve got a good job. We get paid and it’s just not been good enough.
“I’ve been in situations like this before and if you look at my Chester days they were even worse than this.
“We weren’t getting paid, we were down the bottom but it’s down to the likes of me, Stuey (Drummond), Baz (Roche) and (Mark) Hughesy to pick the younger lads up.
“We’ve experienced these situations before and it’s up to us to put things right which we’ve got to do on Saturday.”