John Terry has admitted Chelsea's players need to "hold their hands up" over the demise of Andre Villas-Boas.
The Blues are still coming to terms with the Sunday sacking of their manager, with captain Terry having broken his silence on the matter. Player power was said to have been one of the factors in the downfall of Villas-Boas and captain Terry admitted Chelsea's squad needed to look in the mirror.
He told Chelsea TV: "Sad for Andre, because unfortunately it falls on his head, when I think the players would hold their hands up and say, 'Clearly, we've not been good enough and we all made mistakes together'."
He added: "He's the man whose head's on the block and unfortunately goes."
Terry made a shock recovery from knee surgery to earn a place in the squad for Tuesday night's FA Cup fifth-round replay at Birmingham.
The defender dedicated Chelsea's 2-0 win not only to caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo and assistant Eddie Newton, but also to Villas-Boas.
He said: "We dug deep for him, for Robbie as well taking charge, Eddie coming in as well - it's nice to have familiar faces around who know the club."
Terry added: "We've done enough talking amongst ourselves over the last three or four months.
"Robbie came in and said those exact same things as well. He's been here, played here, the same as Eddie.
"We have to fight for the shirt and that was the message to the lads."