IAN Holloway says his players must "stand up and be counted" when they face Brighton in tonight's televised clash at the Amex Stadium.
The Lions are without a win in six matches and slipped closer to the relegation zone after a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Middlesbrough at The Den last weekend.
Holloway has seen a positive reaction in his squad since that result but admits he will have to make changes to his starting XI.
"We're here to try to build a team that will be successful at this level – that's all we're trying to do," he said.
"If we get one or two things wrong at the minute, we seem to be punished. It's not easy but we've got to stand up and be counted.
"We have to start again because that wasn't good enough and the lads know that – they were as disappointed as anybody. We've got to stick together.
"They're all hurting and they all want to do well. Maybe sometimes they've got to forget that during games and remember what we've practised.
"I always see a good reaction from this group. The players want to play for this club and try to get a new contract. That's what is driving them on and that's what it's all about.
"We want to get up the other end of the table – that's what the chairman and the fans want. We made some mistakes on Saturday and that put us miles behind a very good team.
"It was in front of our own fans and it looked pitiful but we have got to move on. You don't normally get that many players having such an off day.
"I'm going to have to make some changes because that wasn't up to scratch. I want to put confident people in my team."
Holloway says his players must be brave to play his style of football.
"We've passed the ball and competed in every game apart from the Boro one," he added.
"We've looked competent and capable of getting a grip on games but on Saturday, where was the passing and the movement?
"We've analysed it, looked at it and spoken about it. We have just got to move on.
"There was so many fundamental, basic errors – when they hit the ball from back to front, we were all over the place.
"When things aren't going your way, it's really difficult to play the way I want – to come and get the ball and pass it.
"But I want them to be brave and for the fans to understand that and be with the players.
"We've got to get back to moving and passing it, and feeling solid."