MK Dons manager Karl Robinson says his players have three weeks to save their careers at the Championship club.
Robinson was scathing of his side, who are out of the relegation places only by virtue of goal difference, after they lost 2-0 at Brentford.
"Maybe they're lucky because if this was in January it may be different," Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio.
"They've got three weeks to fight for their place to stay not just in the team, but at the club."
Having won two of their opening three games after gaining promotion from League One last season, Robinson's side have won just twice more since, and have lost 10 times in their last 15 Championship games.
"We'll get relegated if we perform like that," Robinson added after the loss at Griffin Park.
"That was poor, and I said that to the players. My players never play without any desire or fight but we looked disjointed, we looked like we had no energy, we looked like we couldn't get round the pitch.
"We looked like we were second best, I don't think we won a tackle or a header."