Vincent Sasso is refusing to panic despite Sheffield Wednesday’s dip in form.
Saturday’s 2-0 Hillsborough loss to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United stretched the Owls’ winless run to four matches in all competitions.
Centre-half Sasso, who rejoined the Owls on a permanent basis from Portuguese outfit Braga last Friday, watched on from the bench as Wednesday slipped to only their second home defeat this calendar year.
“We had a lot of opportunities to score in the first half against Leeds,” Sasso told The Star. “We didn’t score and they played better in the second.
“Nobody likes to lose, especially at home. But it is a long season. We made a bad start to last season but still reached the Play-Off final and came close to promotion.”
Despite a slow start last campaign, Wednesday secured their highest-placed finish in 16 years.
Carlos Carvalhal’s troops saw off Brighton and Hove Albion in their two-legged Play-Off semi-final before falling at the final hurdle, losing to Hull City at Wembley.
Sasso said: “The Championship is a tough league. Every game is a challenge whether you are playing a team at the bottom or top of the league.
“We went from strength to strength last season. It was really good for the fans and a great experience for all the players. We have to take it game by game but I’m confident we can be up there. There are still so many games to play.”
Meanwhile, George Hirst has been selected in the England Under-18s squad ahead of their forthcoming clashes against Italy and Israel.