Juan Pablo Angel admitted that Aston Villa's performance against West Ham was indicative of their campaign thus far.
Eight points from four games over the Christmas period was supplemented by an FA Cup victory at Hull City last week.
However, any thoughts that Villa had turned the corner totally were dismissed in an abject second-half performance against the Hammers that saw all their old failings come back to haunt them.
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The fifth home defeat of a stuttering season left them in the bottom six and Colombian striker Angel, who made his seventh appearance from the bench in the last eight fixtures, offered no excuses.
"We have been so inconsistent in our performance, which is why we are where we are," he said.
"If we had been more consistent, we wouldn't be in that position. We have got to get ourselves right.
"The game slipped away and it was a tale of two halves. The first half was great for us and then the second half was a totally different game and a totally different team. We paid the price for that and that has been the reality of our season so far."
With just three wins on home soil this term, Angel believes it might be time to adopt a more pragmatic approach if they are to turn the corner.
"We have to be more consistent and be a bit more solid, especially at home. We have to try to reach the same form we had during the Christmas period, which was great," he said.
Villa manager David O'Leary fears they could be back at square one.
"We played well in the first half but were out-fought and second-best in the second half," said O'Leary.
"We didn't defend our box properly from set-pieces and we really slipped back to our old ways."