Alex McLeish is keen for his Birmingham City players to do their talking where it matters – out on the pitch.
Blues face Newcastle United at St Andrew’s on Saturday in what has become a monumental match.
The wretched defeat at Wolves came as a real shock to the system. The way Blues performed was quite terrible.
They were second best in every department last weekend and failed to muster one effort on target.
It highlighted certain problems that Blues have – not that they are new, admittedly – and threw them back into the mix at the foot of the Premier League.
Blues are two points clear of the drop zone; a victory at Molineux would have made such a difference to both teams.
So now the pressure is on Blues to bounce back and take the victory against Newcastle. Such is the Premier League this season, that would then move them to within a point of the visitors in eighth.
But for the moment, Blues have to reboot themselves and find a way to secure a win and upward momentum.
Three wins and nine draws from 17 matches tells its own story, and certainly they cannot afford to be so abject on Saturday or in the next few weeks than they were against their Black Country neighbours.
“We never turned up for a good part of it,” said McLeish, who revealed that Blues were confident and in the mood beforehand.
“We left our big talk in the dressing room. Whether there was complacency, I don’t know.
“But it was a poor show, a poor performance, and we know there has to be a response this weekend.”
McLeish opted for Lee Bowyer ahead of Craig Gardner, and Jean Beausejour came off the bench.
Both players are likely to get the nod from the off against Newcastle.
“Craig was unlucky,” said McLeish. “I was wondering whether to play 4-4-2. I thought we wanted to make our intent clear in doing that, although we got nothing from it. Such was Wolves superiority.
“But Craig’s been unlucky. You have to be fair to players as well, Lee Bowyer scored the winner against Chelsea and got the penalty against Villa.
“His form has been good and it’s been a really tight decision. Sometimes these decisions can make you but I don’t think that is the reason why we lost.”
McLeish added: “Everybody played out of their skin for Wolves. There must have been an extra ten per cent out of each player. They out-fought us.
“We have to look at all that and produce the right reaction.”