Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce was preparing to "batten down the hatches and face the flak" after his new-look team slumped to a 1-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat at home to Ipswich.
An 83rd-minute strike from on-loan Emyr Huws earned the Tractor Boys all three points from their trip at Villa Park, ending the hosts' unbeaten home record in the process.
Bruce's 16th-placed side have now gone seven games without a win, during which time they have scored only two goals.
"It's tough at the minute," said the Villa boss, who handed four players - Neil Taylor, Scott Hogan, Conor Hourihane and Birkir Bjarnason - their home debuts on Saturday. "We certainly didn't deserve to lose.
"We had some really good opportunities and didn't take them. Once again we made one mistake and we were punished.
"The new lads came in and it was probably the wrong time in terms of results but we have got to stay with it. It's tough at the minute and hopefully we have fallen as far as we can because the next few games are going to be important.
"It is time to batten down the hatches and face the flak. But we need to take some of the chances we are creating.
"Five or six players in a different system might be too much, and I will look at it. Perhaps it is too quick to change. With the players I've got, I thought we would be suited to the change, but we found it difficult against Ipswich.
"We have lost our [unbeaten] home record and it is a tough period for all of us. Hopefully we will turn the corner against Barnsley on Tuesday.
"The Ipswich goal was an individual mistake. Unfortunately every time we make a mistake we are punished.
"We now have to find some form to get a win to restore the confidence in the team."