Oldham Athletic manager Stephen Robinson has criticised the attitude of his squad, with the club bottom of League One.
The Latics lost 2-0 at home to MK Dons on Saturday and have won only one of their first 11 league games.
Robinson, 41, took over at Oldham in the summer and started the campaign with just seven contracted players.
"I think it is the fashion of the defeats more than the actual defeats," he told BBC Radio Manchester.
"The frustration is the way we got beat, we looked like we'd laid down and died to be honest after about 60 minutes.
"We didn't look we had a reaction, we didn't look like we had the legs or the energy to react and that is the most disappointing factor."
Oldham's only win in League One came in the derby at Bury, with their only other victory against Wigan in the EFL Cup.
Robinson, who worked as Northern Ireland's assistant at Euro 2016, believes there are problems when they play at SportsDirect.com Park.
"There is definitely a fear, the players played with a fear on Saturday," he added.
"I don't think we took two touches forward in the first half, every touch was backwards and negative. There is a fear factor playing here and the fans do get on their back quickly, but they have to deal with that."