Sheffield Wednesday’s players are lacking in belief and confidence, said boss Jos Luhukay to the club website.
The Owls, who are seven points above the Championship relegation zone, fell to a 2-1 home defeat by Ipswich on Tuesday and have won just one of their 10 league games under the Dutchman.
Martyn Waghorn made sure his side left with a smile as the hitman bagged both goals either side of a Lucas Joao leveller.
Luhukay said “There is only way and that is to stay together and have belief.”
“We must have trust in each other and confidence. Tonight, I think we needed more of that trust and more confidence.”
“It’s not easy when you don’t have the results but you must trust that it will get better.”
He added: “We are in a difficult period and you can see the players don’t believe in each other 100% and don’t have the confidence to win the game.”
The former Hertha Berlin boss took over at Hillsborough in January after Carlos Carvalhal left the club on Christmas Eve.
Luhukay says the club’s injury issues are presenting him with a problem he has not encountered before but would not criticise the former coaching team.
“I have never had this situation in all my years. We try to handle it but after every game you have three or four new questions,” he added.
“It’s complex but it’s from before my time so I can not say about it. Everyone knows the situation from when I came. I must work with the players who are available.”
“Tom Lees came through this game and on Thursday we are looking for Sam Hutchinson and Joost van Aken to play for the Under-23s.”
Wednesday host fellow strugglers Bolton on Saturday.