Kevin Phillips has admitted Birmingham City players need to produce the ‘performance of our lives’ at Spurs on Sunday.
The threat of relegation from the Premier League hangs over Blues and Phillips said it was all or nothing at White Hart Lane.
“How can we come back from the Fulham game? We have to, it’s as simple as that,” Phillips stated.
“We’ve been to many places this year and got results. We did it last year, there is no reason why we can’t go to White Hart Lane and put on a performance.
“It has got to be the performance of our lives and we’re preparing for that.
“We can’t worry about other teams, all we can do is affect our own situation.
“It is a huge game and we were disappointed at Sunday. Everyone was.
‘‘We let the crowd down, who were superb. We’ve got a massive job to do, but we can do it. It’s in there. We’ve got to lift ourselves and go again.”
Blues are a place above the relegation zone due to a better goal difference of just one.
Blackpool and Wigan Athletic lie below, both on 39 points as well.
Blues could have secured safety by beating Fulham, but a team with one of the worst away records in the Premier Division were on song and dominated in every department.
Now Blues have to go for what would only be their third away win of the campaign.
The only teams to have won fewer games on their travels than Blues are relegated West Ham United and Bolton.
Phillips said a return to the Championship for Blues would have disastrous consequences and take the shine off the Carling Cup victory completely.
“Of course it would. Our bread and butter is the Premier League. It’s not just for the club, it’s for every individual, for their careers,’’ he added.
“I’ve been relegated twice from the Premier League and it’s not nice. For a club like Birmingham, they need to stay in the Premier League.
“It has a knock-on effect on everyone. We know that. We are not daft. It will be a huge day for us next Sunday. We believe – and we’ve already spoken about it – that we can go there and get a result.”
Phillips denied Blues got the jitters at the beginning against Fulham, but admitted that a lack of creativity was a concern.
“I don’t know if it was nerves. We were probably a bit taken aback by the way Fulham started. They came at us and we should have expected that because when you are coming off the back of a 5-2 defeat at home, in your next game you are going to come out of the blocks firing.
“We were a bit disjointed and as soon as you concede that early, it’s difficult.
“We didn’t create an awful lot, and that’s the worrying thing. We need to work on that this week and try and put it right next Sunday.”
Phillips added: “Fulham certainly turned up and we didn’t. With the results elsewhere, the pressure is on.
“Now we’ve got to show what we are made of. We’ve done it many a time.”
Meanwhile, Alex McLeish has told his players and Blues supporters that they must still believe.
A shattering loss to Fulham has left Blues in huge danger of relegation.
“Thirty nine points would have been good enough the last few years but I always thought it was going to be higher than that and we’re in a dogfight,” said McLeish.
“It’s come down to one game. It’s quite simple – one game. It is a tough task for us to go to Spurs and win but we’ve done it before. The evidence is there it can be done and it is about picking ourselves up and getting off the floor because that dressing room is hurting. We have to still believe we can do it – and we can.
“These players have been there before, there are a lot of big characters in this squad. We just weren’t at it in terms of the quality against Fulham. The opposition were just too good for us.”
Wigan Athletic’s dramatic victory from 2-0 down against relegated West Ham made Blues’ task all the more tricky. Blues won at White Hart Lane in McLeish’s first game in charge, in December 2007, thanks to Sebastian Larsson’s stoppage-time long-range effort.
But they have lost their other five Premier League trips there.
“We’ve got to believe and I’ve been in situations before where it’s looked impossible and it’s worked and happened for us,” said McLeish.
Blues suffered four in-game injuries during the 2-0 defeat by Fulham, while Cameron Jerome failed a fitness test on a heel problem.
Stuart Parnaby (groin) and Aleksandr Hleb (knee) left St Andrew’s on crutches, while Martin Jiranek (ankle) and Lee Bowyer (hamstring) had to be, like Parnaby, substituted and hobbled away afterwards.
“That tells you some of them are maybe feeling the pace of the season a wee bit,” said McLeish.
“On top of the suspensions, which we can ill afford – although we have Liam Ridgewell and Craig Gardner back now at Spurs – we’ve also got another two strikers missing in Martins and Zigic. I don’t care what anybody says, that hurts a club like us.
“Jerome damaged his heel in training and failed a fitness test.
“I think we all know what players can’t do,” he said.
“But you have got to trust them for what they can give you, and he was a miss. He would have upset their defence.”
Blues will play in the Europa League play-off round after Manchester City’s FA Cup victory, with the two-legged tie on August 18 and 25.
The draw will be held on August 5.