Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has asked for fans to keep faith in his side but accepted the team needed to earn that support.
The Glovers host Sheffield United on Saturday looking to end a run of three npower League One defeats, having gone unbeaten for the first month of the campaign.
Johnson’s side has been lacklustre against AFC Bournemouth, MK Dons and at Leyton Orient, with Tuesday’s 4-1 drubbing characterised by shaky defending.
As Yeovil prepare to lock horns with last season’s defeated play-off finalists, Johnson said it would be too easy for those connected to the Huish Park outfit to be consumed by doom and gloom.
“It would be quite easy at the moment for supporters, directors, management and press to lose faith in this group because it is easy when you have been beaten 4-1 and it is your third defeat on the trot,” he said.
“But we have got to keep going, keep working and keep helping the young players get through it. We have got to help the old ones get a bit fitter, we have got to help them run about a bit more as a group and we have got to help them win the first ball and the second ball.
“We have got to help them get a few more shots, get on the end of set plays. That is what we have got to do and that is what we are going to do. It is one of those where you must not lose faith just yet and I am going to keep working and working until I cannot work any more.”
The boss added he and his management staff would be doing all they could to ensure Saturday’s support could get behind the their players.
Johnson said: “It is massive but we are home and hopefully the crowd that turn up will get behind the lads, like at Leyton Orient. When the lads deserved it, the supporters got behind them and we thank them for that.
“That is what we have got to do – we have got to earn their support on Saturday because it is a big team, a Championship team already.
“We have come up against a couple of those already, but didn’t on Tuesday and were beaten by a tactic that was the long ball which we didn’t deal with very well.
“You deal with it like we are doing. You have got to make sure you are doing the right things, of course we will be in every day and we have got to make sure that we touch on a lot of things that we need to touch on because we were second best.”
Rohan Ince made his full debut at centre half against Orient but capped a disappointing display when he limped off with a recurrence of the ankle injury sustained in pre-season at Newport County.
Johnson fears the youngster will have to return to parent club Chelsea for treatment but suggested captain Jamie McAllister could be in line for a recall following suspension, despite the form of left-back Nathan Ralph.
“I don’t think Ralphy has been our problem, to be honest, and for a young lad to come in and do what he has done will keep him in real good stead when he has to come in again,” he said.
“But Jamie is the pro with the experience, he knows what is needed and is obviously likely to come back in.”
Johnson remained coy about the possibility of bolstering his squad with loan signings, but said after making four changes to the starting line-up at Orient he knew exactly who is and who is not in his plans from the players currently at his disposal.
He said: “I will keep that in my head. I have got to keep going. I know what I have got in my mind and I know who is and who isn’t. Hopefully in time that will all come out.”