Dave Jones urged Sheffield Wednesday fans to stick with his players after they were booed off following a 2-0 home defeat to high-flying Leicester, which saw the Owls slip into the npower Championship relegation zone.
After a promising start to life back in the second tier, Wednesday have now won just two of their last 15 Championship games and they were outclassed by promotion-hopefuls Leicester.
Ben Marshall enjoyed a successful loan spell with the South Yorkshire club last season, but the winger showed no room for sentiment as he set up Danny Drinkwater’s first goal of the season in the first half and scored a goal of his own after the break with a measured finish.
Victory for Leicester, who could have won more by a more emphatic margin, moved them up to third and consigned Wednesday to a fourth consecutive defeat.
Owls fans voiced their disapproval at the final whistle and although Jones felt his side were naive, he insists it is not all doom and gloom.
The former Cardiff boss said: “That is the first time we’ve been outplayed and outfought. When things aren’t going so well you have to stick together and dig in but we didn’t do that.
“We made so many basic errors. For the first goal they were saying it should have been a foul (on Jay Bothroyd) but it doesn’t matter if it’s a foul or not, we went chasing the ball and they played a simple one-two and scored.
“We are a little bit naive in some of the things that we do and we haven’t got many talkers. But it’s no good getting too downhearted, last week (at Nottingham Forest) it was completely different.