Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Preston North End – with the visitors’ equaliser coming in stoppage-time – extended Nigel Adkins’ side’s winless run to six games, with Irvine calling on his team-mates to show their mental strength and character as they go in search of a positive result at Ashton Gate.
“There are no easy games in the Championship. Every game at this level is tough and Bristol City will be no different,” he said.
“We just have to go there with a strong mentality. We need to show more composure and quality at both ends of the pitch and turn that into points.
“We don’t want to be bottom of the league. We don’t want to be fourth bottom. We want to be further up the table – mid-table at least – and pushing on from there.
“Obviously our league position right now isn’t ideal and being at the bottom is a horrendous feeling.
“We’re not going to hide though. We’re not going to go into our shell just because of where we are in the table. The wins will come and we have to keep believing that they will come. Now is the time for us to show our character and determination.”
Whilst acknowledging results so far this season haven’t been good enough, Irvine has urged the black and amber faithful to continue getting behind the team.
“We need the fans to stay with us and be positive,” he added. “I know it’s difficult at the minute with our current league position but all I ask of the fans is to stay with us and keep showing that belief in us because we are giving everything we’ve got to the cause.
“I can’t stress how much it hurts when you’re in the dressing after a game and we haven’t won. No-one walks away afterwards without a care in the world – I can promise that.
“It digs deep when you lose the lead as late as we did on Saturday. Results haven’t been good enough so far this season but we’ll be doing everything we can to turn our fortunes around and get a positive result tonight.”