Leeds United captain Sol Bamba called for calm at Elland Road but admitted the club were facing a big test of character after failing to arrest their sorry home record.
Bamba called on United’s players to “be men” and “tough in the head” on the back of 2-0 defeat to Birmingham City which left head coach Uwe Rosler searching for “answers”.
Leeds have not won at Elland Road since early March and a 10th successive home match without a victory equalled a club record set during the 1981-82 season.
Fourth-placed Birmingham struck in each half through Demarai Gray and Jacques Maghoma, dropping Leeds down to 16th in the Championship and giving a deflated Rosler plenty to ponder during the international break.
Bamba claimed Leeds were not suffering from “nerves or pressure” but said he understood the mood of tension at Elland Road amid a bad run of results.
“We can’t panic,” the centre-back insisted. “That’s the message. We have to stay positive.
“I know it’s difficult but we have to stay positive and not show any panic.
“I understand the worries everyone will have because we’re not winning home games but we can put this right.
“We know the expectation of the club. We have to be tough in the head and be men.
“I don’t think it’s about nerves or pressure. I just think we need to perform. After one home win things will change. It is all about getting that first one.”
Bamba, however, said the club’s home form was threatening their prospects this season, saying: “The home record is annoying. We need to address it very quickly. If you want to do anything in this league, you need to be strong at home.
“I’m told it’s seven months since we last won at home and that’s huge.
“But I don’t go too high when it’s good or too low when it’s bad. We just need to keep working hard. I’m sure that win will come.”