Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy has called for his players to prove they have strong characters to arrest the side's worrying drop in form.
The 2-0 defeat at Hull on Boxing Day was the fifth consecutive game without a win for McCarthy's team and the Wolves boss admitted the players and the staff were starting to feel the pressure.
He has now called on all the squad to pull together during what has been a rare period of adversity since he took charge at the club.
"We still have the same characters in the dressing room that we had five games ago," McCarthy said. "We have to rally round and support each other during this spell. The aim is to go down to Norwich and get a result.
"We can't blame the situation on injuries. The team has to be strong enough to cope with absences. Jody [Craddock] may be back for the weekend but Gary Breen and Michael Kightly are not ready yet.
"The positive thing is that despite recent results we are still just two points off the play-off places."
McCarthy knows that he must strengthen his squad during the transfer window if Wolves are to kick-start their promotion push once more.
Wolves have already begun their January transfer window activity by securing the services of midfielder Darron Gibson on loan from Manchester United for the rest of the season.
McCarthy has now challenged the 20-year-old, who has been used mainly wide on the right of midfield, to make a central mid- field position his own when Seyi Olofinjana leaves for African Cup duty with Nigeria next month.
"We are grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United for agreeing to let Darron remain with us," McCarthy said.
"Darron is a good footballer and has done well since he joined us.
"The central position is his favourite spot and with Darren Potter and Karl Henry, there will be plenty of competition for places."
McCarthy refuses to discuss transfer targets but rumours abound that he is interested in a number of players and that he has already made a £2.5 million bid for Cardiff City's left winger Joe Ledley.
Other players McCarthy has been linked with are defender George Elokobi of Colchester United, David Jones and Steven Howard of Derby County and Rosenborg's Steffen Iversen, who had a spell at Wolves four seasons ago.
While McCarthy has, in the past, adopted a ''buy British' policy, he has not ruled out casting the net further a field to strengthen his squad.
"The buy British policy has served me well because they are tried and tested in the Championship. You don't think after four games 'this isn't working'," he said.
"It is possible that we look abroad for players but it depends on who is available come January and whether people will let their players go. All of these things need to be considered.
"We also need to consider the personal terms as well. Someone might be available but what is he looking for in terms of personal terms? We're still trying to run things sensibly as well.
"There might be inflated price tags but if there was someone that was a long-term acquisition then I'm sure we would be prepared to pay for them."