Tom Lees has vowed to rediscover his best form and lead Sheffield Wednesday up the Championship table.
Carlos Carvalhal’s men dropped to ninth in the standings after Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat against Brighton.
Strikes by Sam Baldock and Anthony Knockaert proved decisive as the Seagulls secured their first victory at the 18th time of asking at Hillsborough.
Gary Hooper fired home a late consolation and the Owls are now three points off the play-off positions after 11 matches.
Lees told The Star: “We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We have to do better and I would be the first to hold my hands up and say I have to do better as well. I haven’t been as good as I have been in the last two seasons. It is as simple as that. If I look back on the last two seasons, I can’t remember doing too much wrong.
“These things (loss of form) happen in football. I have never seen a footballer, apart from top, top level players, who go through their career without a tough period. It is has not been my best patch of form at the moment but no one is going to work harder to get out of it.”
The result was not the way Lees wanted to celebrate his 100th Wednesday appearance.
“I’m very proud to have played that many games for such a fantastic club,” said Lees, who joined the Owls from Leeds in 2014. “I can’t thank the club enough for what they have done for me.
“The fans have been great with me and I love it here and I’m very happy. Now I just want to try and repay them for that support.
“At the moment, I’m just focused on trying to get back to my best form, help the team keep some clean sheets and move us up the table.”
“That’s what I’m focused on right now.”