RICHARD Dunne feels that struggling Aston Villa have hit rock bottom in their season following their Carling Cup defeat by local rivals Birmingham City.
The FA Cup is now the only way to save the season for Villa after the quarter-final defeat and Dunne admits that morale is low at Villa Park.
"Everyone is really low and disappointed. We have to go away now and try to pick ourselves up for Monday," Dunne said of Monday's game away to Liverpool.
"Hopefully this is the lowest point of our season and from here we can turn it around. Things have to change because we can't just keep saying we're unlucky. We have to go out and put in performances on the pitch where whether we are lucky or not, we have to win games.
"The position that we are in looks bad and we're close to the relegation zone but we're only three or four points off the top five or six, so the season is still wide open for us.
"We have dropped off in the league and we have gone out in the cup to our local rivals so for us it has been a very disappointing season so far," added Dunne, who had a hand in Villa's defeat as his foul in the box set up a penalty for City.
"It was a penalty. He got in front of us and it was a crowded box," Dunne added. "There wasn't much contact. It was always going to be given.
"We'd an awful lot of possession in the second half. We felt really confident, we felt we were playing more in their half than our own but then we conceded the goal with the deflection.
"We're just not getting the rub of the green at the moment.
"We're playing quite well but not getting the result.
"Coming here and getting beaten it's disappointing against your local rivals.
"But I think we can walk away and say we gave it a good go and played as well as we have done for a couple of weeks and hopefully things will turn around."