He said: "You need strong leadership at this time. It's not a case of anybody ducking a challenge. The key is to get the best out of the squad we have. We were halfway up the table seven or eight weeks ago but there is a loss of confidence after this run of results.
"It may sound ridiculous but we are not that far away from getting a decent run of results. To read 3-0 in print is a nightmare but it does not reflect the game before we went down to 10 men."