Blues suffered their second successive home defeat with a 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield on Saturday and were booed of the pitch by sections of the home fans at the end of the game.
"It's our home, it's where the majority of our fans are," the Blues boss said.
"They come to see us and want to see a performance. Any football fan in the world wants to see a bit of drive.
"Football fans are working-class people, they want to see someone having a right good go for their team, in terms of tackling, heading, competing.
"You see the size of me, I'm not a big fella but I competed, I put my head in there, I put my foot in there. Maybe seven times out of 10 the opposition came through me with the ball but I was still putting some sort of challenge in.
"There were four of five players in the first half who never did that. They've got to stand up and be counted. Okay, I'm responsible but I can't keep saying that. Can they start taking responsibility?
"I'm getting the flak from supporters, no problem I can take that. But I'm not sitting in the dressing room telling them not to tackle, to pussyfoot around, telling them to mis-place passes. They can't just hide behind me all the time, they've got to come out fighting."