Dave Jones says he will continue to stand up and be counted following the Owls’ 4-1 home defeat to Watford on Tuesday.
Following an even first half, the visitors ran through the gears after the break to run out comfortable winners and Jones said Wednesday’s second half performance was ‘poor’.
But the manager insisted the best way to right the wrongs was to come out fighting against his former employers Cardiff on Sunday.
He said: “If you are a wounded animal, what do you do, roll over? Of course you don’t, you get back on your feet and you go again. We are in a battle and I am ready for battle.
“I’m not making any excuses, that second half performance was poor. We didn’t do our jobs, we switched off from set pieces and you can’t do that.
“Teams in this division will pick you off if you make basic errors and that’s what we have seen tonight.”
To compound a miserable evening for the hosts, Chris Lines missed a first half penalty with the score level at 1-1 but Jones said the Owls had to move on from that disappointment:
“Okay, we miss the penalty and credit to Chrissy for stepping up, but we missed it and there’s nothing you can do about it, you have to get on with the game, you can’t dwell on it.
“I have just been asked if their lad might have been sent off for the challenge but he wasn’t and that was it, you have to get on with the game.
“You could see the confidence slipping away and they can’t allow that to happen. It’s happened here before and it can’t be allowed to happen again.”
The Owls suffered three injuries on the night, to Anthony Gardner, Lewis Buxton and Rhys McCabe, all of whom will be assessed on Wednesday morning.
Jones added: “Anthony had a hamstring injury, so did Lewis, and Rhys has taken a knock on the ankle.
“I put JJ on because I didn’t have a right back on the bench, he has played there before and he can get up the line.
“So yes, we have had a few injuries but I’m not going to use that as an excuse. That is the second poor second half performance on the spin and that just has to stop.”