Daniel Pudil believes the expectation levels from Sheffield Wednesday supporters are too high.
The Owls, last season’s Championship Play-Off finalists, were booed off after Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Ipswich Town.
Luke Chambers late header condemned Carlos Carvalhal’s men to a second consecutive league loss.
Ipswich hadn’t won away from home in the league since beating Derby County in mid-September but Chambers’ goal helped them to a smash and grab after Gary Hooper had equalised Tom Lawrence’s opener.
Defeat leaves Wednesday lying in 10th position after 16 matches, two points adrift of the top-six placings and 13 shy of leaders Newcastle United.
Pudil, who travelled to Prague yesterday in preparation for the Czech Republic’s World Cup qualifier with Norway, said: “We know that we are under a little bit of pressure. Right now, everyone is preparing really well against us.
“Maybe the people sometimes expect a little bit too much from us.
“We tried to keep the ball (against Ipswich) and they started booing us and I don’t think that is the right way.
“It is not what they were doing last season. I think people were still behind us last season even if something went wrong and I think they should do that again.
“I believe in the team and our supporters. They are really good but we need them sometimes more than they know.
“When we are one or two nil down, we still need them to believe in us. Maybe this is a bit different from last season.”
The left-back is confident Wednesday will turn things around following their two-week international break.
“People have to be patient,” stressed Pudil. “Sheffield Wednesday hadn’t had a season like last year in a couple of years and maybe now people are expecting a little more than they should really.
“I think we and them have to keep our feet on the ground. We have to work like we did last season and everything will go again in the right way.”