Gareth Barry is concerned that the Aston Villa players are becoming victims of a vicious circle that involves their own performances and the reaction of their supporters.
When Villa went two goals down at home to Manchester City three days ago, Barry could not help but notice how disillusioned the fans became. Villa improved in the second half but still lost 2-1.
And, while Barry understands the concerns of the supporters, and respects their right to respond to a bad performance, he says that jeers from the stands only make the players more nervous and more prone to making mistakes.
Barry has been captaining the team in the absence of Olof Mellberg and his fine performances in midfield this season have contrasted with those of the team, who have been largely unpredictable.
"The crowd did get on our back and made it hard for us to get down and play," Barry said. "When you know that the crowd are on your back, you get nervous. And I think that showed."
The defeat means that Villa cannot finish above tenth position, ending any hopes of qualifying for the Uefa Cup. With a revolution planned for the summer, it was probably the last time some of those players were appearing for Villa.
The frustration for Barry is that Villa should have finished high enough for a European position.
"We feel that we had a great chance of finishing in a European position but we let ourselves down with dropped points at home," Barry said. "The draws against Charlton Athletic and Bolton Wanderers [both in April], which should have been victories, hurt us a lot and cost us big time. Had they been victories, it would have been so different.
" After that, we were always catching up and trying to come from behind. It was a difficult situation and, in the end, it wasn't to be. Mistakes were the key.
"We redeemed ourselves in the second half against City but the start killed us off, really. We made individual errors and that is how City got their two goals. Apart from that, we played pretty well. It is not going to change the result and it is disappointing that we could not finish our home programme on a high.
"At the start, when we went two goals down inside 12 minutes, we were thinking that it would like Tottenham Hotspur. It was not nice. But we showed a lot of character to pull ourselves out of it and give ourselves a fighting chance.
"But we started the second half well, showed our character, and started to play. In the second half, Manchester City did not really get into our half much. We were in control. That is why it is disappointing not to come out of it with at least a point.
"In the past two matches, we have let ourselves down. But we are playing the Champions League finalists next [Liverpool at Anfield], so there is no better incentive with which to end our season on a high."
Villa's improvement in the second half against City owed much to the emergence, as half-time substitutes, of Nolberto Solano and Eric Djemba-Djema.
"It was a clever decision by the manager to put Nolberto Solano and Eric Djemba-Djemba on," Barry said. "It got us playing an extra pace. Even Eric came on and did well, and all credit to him. He gave us a taste what, hopefully, he can do next season.
"I voted for Nolberto for the club player-of-the-year award because he has had a great season.
"Eric has not really had much of a chance and when he has come in it has been for difficult games. It will be good for him to get that game behind him and he will come back next season with much more confidence.
"I have seen a lot in training to suggest that Eric will be a good signing. Let us not forget that Sir Alex Ferguson signed him for Manchester United, and you do not play there unless you are a good player.
"In training, he is like every other player - he shows that he is a quality football player. When he gets his games and his confidence, he will show everyone how good he can become.
"But now we are playing for pride. Liverpool will next week have one eye on the Champions League final. We will go there with nothing to lose and hopefully we can put on a show for our supporters. They deserve a good performance."