Chris Powell believes only hard work will get his side out of the difficult run of results that Blues are in currently in.
A 2-1 defeat to AFC Wimbledon made it four defeats in four consecutive league games, aside from wins in the Emirates FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy.
And ahead of the visit of Scunthorpe United, Powell said it may even get worse before it gets better, but by showing their character, they’ll be giving their all for three points for the first time since a 3-0 win against Walsall.
“We’ve got to remain as positive as we can,” he said.
“We know we’re in a difficult and tough place at present. We’ve let ourselves down and let the club down, but individually and collectively we’ve got to stay together as a group because we know we can get results and play good football.
“We haven’t done enough of that of late, especially in our last league game.
“Scunthorpe come to town and we have to deal with it.
“We know, and I know, that we have players and a squad capable of getting results at this level, but at this present time it isn’t happening, so we need to show a bit of character.
“It might even get harder before it gets better. We’ve all been there in different ways and at different levels and we know how great a game it can be when you win, but when you lose and you’re scratching around for points it can be tough.
“What you’ve got to do is still believe in yourself that you can be the one that makes a difference, believe in yourself as a team and a squad.
“There’s no need for me to hark on at as about what’s happened. It’s reality, what we’ve got to do is deal with the players that are fit and willing to wear the shirt and do as much as they can to get us a positive result.
“More than ever [we’ve got to get back to basics] and doing them well.
“Fighting through and gritting your teeth when things aren’t great for you and moving on from making a mistake. Moving on from what happens on the pitch, whether it’s negative. Football has a habit of really testing you at any time, but when things are going against you feel that the world is against you.
“You’ve just to work as hard as you can to turn that around.”