Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye says his side's performances this season have 'not been good enough' but concedes they have been hampered by injuries.
The Magpies lost 1-0 at home to West Ham on Sunday, a third league defeat of the season that leaves them in 10th place in the Premier League.
Their inconsistent results can partly be explained away by inconsistency of selection, with the Toon suffering from injuries to key players.
The likes of Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote have all been missing for long periods, something Cabaye admits has not helped.
However, the France international insists they cannot feel sorry for themselves and they need to keep working hard in order to improve results and lift themselves back up the table.
"It has not been bad, but it has not been good enough either," he told the club's official website. "We have played well but we can play better than we have done.
"Every game has been tough and we have had a lot of injuries and suspensions. It seems like every game we are missing a big player for one reason or another.
"That has made things difficult but we need to keep our confidence and keep working hard, because if we stop working then it will be very difficult to get up towards the top of the league again."
The former Watford man's chances in the first team had been restricted to cup appearances until he got the nod over Jake Cole against Gillingham, and manager Carl Fletcher will give him a fair chance in the coming weeks.
Fletcher told the Plymouth Herald: "You are fair to one, you have got to be fair to the other as well.
"There might have been times in the past where we could have left Jake out, but you make the decision to stick by them and you keep going.
"He (Gilmartin) has had a few injuries he has had to deal with and it has been frustrating for him. I think the more games he plays he will only get better and better.
"I have got two good goalies here. They both work their socks off in training and are very professional, and I'm really lucky I have got both of them."
Eddie Howe's men are yet to taste defeat in the seven games since the club hero returned from Burnley, and with Oldham and then Stevenage making the journey to the south coast, O'Kane, a summer signing from Torquay, knows it is a great chance to close the five-point gap between themselves and the play-off places.
"We've almost given the teams ahead of us a head start and Stevenage are one of those teams," he said. "That is going to be a big game but in every game we play now we need to look to win if our goal is to get promoted - which it is. Hopefully we can pick up six points from those games and continue to climb."
The midfielder, 22, hopes to have caught Howe's eye when he played 90 minutes in a 1-1 reserve draw with Exeter on Tuesday on the back of an impressive cameo against Dagenham in the FA Cup.
He said: "Not a lot of us have worked with him before so every opportunity, from the training pitch on a Monday morning to Exeter on a Tuesday afternoon, is vital. You have to give a good impression because that is all he has to go on. We've won six out of seven and drawn the other so you haven't got many grounds when it comes to asking why you aren't playing.
"It was something the manager made clear to us, that some people will have to go because he doesn't want as big a squad as he does. You've got to prove to him that you are worthy for a place at Bournemouth Football Club."