Barry Bannan is convinced the Owls possess enough characters in the team to arrest their alarming Championship slump.
Wednesday, last season’s play-off semi-finalists, have dropped to 12th in the table after recording just one victory in their last five outings.
But midfield playmaker Bannan is backing the side to recover and resurrect their promotion bid.
“You go through sticky periods and we have got a lot of leaders here that people don’t maybe see,” he said. “But we have got leaders in the changing rooms.
“We have all got different attributes. Some will show their leadership capabilities on the pitch and some will show it by shouting on the pitch and stuff. So we are all leaders, we have got loads of them in there.
“Everyone has had their say and the leaders have stood up and it is just about staying together as a group. When everyone is having a go at you, it is probably better because when you come out at the other end, it is more satisfying that way.”
The pressure is mounting on head coach Carlos Carvalhal, with some supporters calling for him to be sacked towards the end Saturday’s disappointing defeat at Bolton Wanderers.
Bannan has leapt to Carvalhal’s defence, insisting the players deserve the criticism for their dip in form.
He said: “It is up to us; we are to blame, not the manager. We are the ones out there playing, he is not playing. We have got to put performances on for him.
“We have got to look at ourselves. Us as an 11 and maybe 14 if the substitutes come on are the ones out there with the jerseys.
“It is not the manager’s fault; he is setting us up to go and do things he wants us to do and what we want to do.
“We have got to take the blame, it is nothing to do with the manager. As players, we have not been good enough really.”
When asked if the side owe Carvalhal a big performance at Derby County today, Bannan replied: “Of course. We are trying to win games.
“It is hard to say why we are not going out there getting results, but everyone is trying and everybody wants to win.
“There are winners in that changing room. Sometimes, it doesn’t go to plan at times. But it is up to us as a group of players to try and find a way to win games.
“It’s whether we go back to that and try and really grind results out or whether it is playing the way we did in the first year I was here.
“We are trying our hardest in training. The positive thing to look at is that there is still a long way to go and we know we are good enough and it is just about going out and doing it.”