We need fighters now - Warnock
Stephen Warnock accepts Aston Villa's players must stand up and be counted during the final three games of the season.
Supporters called for Alex McLeish to be sacked after Tuesday night's 2-1 home defeat against Bolton, which left the Midlands club only three points above the bottom three in the Premier League, but the Scot insists he retains the support of club owner Randy Lerner.
Warnock acknowledges Villa lack players who are used to being involved in scraps to survive at the foot of the table.
He said: "There's only myself at Blackburn, James Collins at West Ham and Emile Heskey at Wigan who have been in this situation.
"It's not a nice situation to be in. We need fighters now.
"The youngsters are learning the hard way but it's not easy for the senior lads as well.
"With Blackburn a couple of years ago, we had to really fight for it.
"It's a real test of character and we have to stand up and be counted now."
Looking ahead to Saturday's clash at local rivals West Brom, Warnock said: "I wish the game was tomorrow and we've got to regroup.
"We've got to take the positives out of the Bolton game, learn from the mistakes and hope that will be enough to get us the win on Saturday.
"We need to go to West Brom with the belief that we can win the game.
"It's a six-pointer again against Albion. It's a huge game. It's a must-win game and we've got to go there and win - it's as simple as that."
Villa had produced one of their best performances of the season against Bolton and gone ahead through Warnock only to concede two goals in two minutes to Martin Petrov and David Ngog.
Warnock said: "We were not clinical enough and I think that's been the problem of late.
"I'm not having a go at the strikers, because it's a team game, but we need to be more clinical in front of goal.
"We created chance after chance in the first half and in the second half. There looked like there was only one team going to win it.
"To concede the equaliser so quickly was very disappointing and we were made to pay. It's not good enough - simple as that.
"It's a lesson and hopefully the lads will learn from it."
McLeish refuses to blame an over-reliance on young players because of a lengthy injury list - there were 11 academy products among the 18 players on duty against Bolton - for Villa's plight.
He said: "When you are a young player just learning the game in the top division, you have to learn by making mistakes sometimes.
"But some experienced players have made mistakes this season as well and I can't say it is because the kids are in the team because some have done so well the last few weeks.
"It is pretty close to the worse injury situation I've known.
"I said at the start of the season we need to be lucky in terms of the senior players not getting injured due to the lack of depth of experience.
"That has haunted us a bit we are still capable of finishing the season in the Premier League. We have missed a lot of experienced players but I'm confident we will be okay."