The Tigers host Swansea City this evening on the back of a six-game winless run, which sees Grant McCann’s side 13 points adrift of the play-off spots having been just one point off sixth place following the New Year’s Day victory at Sheffield Wednesday.
Despite his frustrations at the team’s recent form, Irvine has stressed there can be no place for self-pity as they look to secure a returning to winning ways.
“It’s been a difficult few weeks for everyone involved but we’re not feeling sorry for ourselves – I think that’s the worst thing we could do,” he said.
“It’s obviously incredibly disappointing to have gone from that position where we were after winning back to back games at QPR and Sheffield Wednesday to where we are now.
“Feeling sorry for yourself doesn’t help anybody though. We’re just focusing on doing everything we can to try and turn the situation around.
“The attitude of the players and staff has been first class and we’re just coming in every day looking to improve and trying to put things right.
“Sometimes things don’t go your way in this game but if you keep working hard, keep believing and doing the right times, we know things will turn.
“We have to focus on the next game in hand and try and keep putting in positive performances and hopefully the results will follow.”
Looking ahead to tonight’s clash with the Swans in front of the Sky Sports cameras, the Australian international midfielder continued: “Swansea are a good side and have individuals that can really hurt you. On their day, they’re more than capable of playing free-flowing attacking football.
“But, we’re the home team, and it’s up to us to make sure we’re the ones on the front foot.
“The first goal is always key in the Championship, but starting the game on the front foot is going to be key.
“We need to be at it right from the off tonight. If we can do that, whilst sticking to our game-plan and philosophy, hopefully it will bring us success.”