Under-pressure Rotherham United boss Alan Stubbs has called on fans to back his side in their hour of need.
The Millers slid into the Championship relegation places after losing 2-1 at home to fellow strugglers Cardiff City and the defeat was greeted with boos at the final whistle.
Stubbs, who believes his team did enough to win the match, says his players need supporters on board as they head to second-placed Huddersfield Town tomorrow and then entertain Newcastle United, currenly in fourth, on Saturday.
“I think if we’d played poorly I could understand that (the booing),” he said.
“They have to stick behind the players. They can see the players are putting the effort in. But the fact of the matter is that we lost the game. I feel for the players. They didn’t deserve to lose.”
Stubbs accepts his position is under scrutiny as successive defeats against clubs who started the day in bottom spot - Blackburn Rovers nine days ago and Cardiff last Saturday - have left his side in 21st place with one win from nine league matches.
“We go again because it can turn,” he said. “They’ve shown they can get results in this division. It will turn.
“But you have to keep working hard. It doesn’t just happen. You have to do that little bit extra to make it fall for you. That’s what we’ll be saying to the players all the time.”
Rotherham have kept only one clean sheet this season and the 22 goals they have conceded is the highest total in the division.
“The players have to keep believing,” Stubbs said. “We have to help ourselves by not giving some silly goals away, first and foremost.
“You get out of it with a good foundation of keeping clean sheets. We need to be better at that. We’re not stupid. We can see that we need to do better at that.”
Rotherham led 1-0 through Izzy Brown against the Bluebirds but for the fourth time in five league matches were unable to hold on to their advantage after going in front.
Two goals from former England striker Rickie Lambert ended their unbeaten record at New York Stadium.
“It’s a tough one take,” the manager admitted. “We deserved more out of the game than we got. That’s the disappointing thing. I can’t fault the players’ effort, desire or attitude.
“They’re not getting the rewards their effort warrants. I really feel for them. It’s not going for them right now. They need to keep working.
“I thought in the main they defended reasonably well. I think the first goal comes from a really soft free-kick. I don’t think it’s a foul. But then we still have to defend the delivery into the box better than we did.
“It gave them some impetus. They’d not really been threatening in the game. A few corners they had were probably their best chance of scoring.”