Ben Godfrey said Norwich City were far from their best in the 5-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.
The Canaries were two-down at half-time and failed to recover after the interval.
Wesley scored twice for the Villains with further strikes from Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and Douglas Luiz. Josip Drmic netted a late consolation for City.
“It was far from our best. Far, far from our best. We got severely punished today,” said Godfrey to canaries.co.uk after the game.
“It’s never nice to concede five and lose in that fashion. We have to learn quick. The international break is coming up so that’s a bit of a break for everyone to come back refreshed after and be ready to go again.
“We’re all passionate and we hate losing. There were a few words in the dressing room, but we have to stick together through these tough times.
“That includes the fans as well, the whole Club. We have to stick together and I’m confident we will pull through this.
“It’s really tough because on the past year or so, we’ve just been on an incline. We’ve had some unbelievable times and some unbelievable games.
“At the minute, we’ve just had some results which was always going to happen in the Premier League.
“We are playing against some tough teams and we got punished today. We have to take today on the chin and come back refreshed.”
Godfrey admits he and the squad are looking forward to recovering over the international break with no fewer nine first-team players on the sidelines.
“I have the [hernia] operation on Tuesday but it is what it is. It’s very rare that you play with 100% in football.
“It’s been there the last couple of games but it’s not an excuse for today. The break is coming up and it’s a chance for us all to come back ready.”