KEEPER Matt Glennon today told Town's frustrated fans: "Don't blame the gaffer."
Town have slumped to 17th in League I, just five points above the relegation zone, after the 1-0 defeat at lowly Leyton Orient left them seven matches without a win.
There's now big pressure to beat Northampton at the Galpharm on Saturday and the candid Glennon believes the onus is on the players, not the manager.
"Peter Jackson is getting a lot of stick but we are the ones who are not performing on a weekly basis," said Glennon, who conceded the only goal to ex-Hull teammate and close friend Gary Alexander.
"We have to look at ourselves in the dressing room and realise we have to start showing the quality which earned us a play-off place last season. That's where we should be. At the moment we are conceding too many goals and we aren't scoring enough (one goal in five outings).
"That's not down to the manager because he's picking different formations and we still aren't getting anything, so I don't see what else Peter Jackson can do.
"He is picking our best team to do the job and we are not performing."
Town face Northampton without suspended winger Chris Brandon and defender Martin McIntosh, who was sent off after 58 minutes at Brisbane Road for two yellow cards (for fouls on James Walker and Alexander).
Glennon added: "When you are where we are - which is basically in the mire at the moment - you have to take your chances and we had two glorious ones against Orient through Mark Hudson and Andy Booth which didn't go in.
"Had we scored then Orient would have crumbled because I've been in relegation-threatened sides before and it's not nice. When the opposition score it hurts and you find it really hard.
"We have to get back to creating lots of chances, getting efforts in on goal and scoring - and I believe we've got the quality to do that.
"I joined a top squad in the summer and I still believe we've got a top squad. There's obviously going to be pressure on us to beat Northampton now, but we are more than capable of beating them with our ability.
"This is a tight division and, while we now need to go on a serious run because of the nine-point gap to the play-offs, a good five or six games will put us right back in the mix again."