Manager John Coleman says Rochdale must significantly improve results quickly, or risk not being part of the battle to win promotion from League Two.
Dale are 16th in the table after
losing 1-0 at home to Burton
"It's a horrible start," Coleman told
BBC Radio Manchester.
"Five points from five games is a horrible start.
"If you carry on like that and it goes on to 15 games, you're out of the equation. We've got to put it right and we've got to put it right quick."
who left Accrington for Spotland
in January, could not save the club from
relegation to the fourth tier
earlier this year.
"We owe it to ourselves [to improve results] but, more importantly, we owe it to our fans," continued Coleman.
"They've had a torrid 12 months and they don't deserve what they're putting up with. They're being taken from one extreme to the other.
"We've played some great football at times this season and we've played some abject stuff as well, most notably at Torquay, and then against Burton."