The towering central defender only has to think back to the resolute and robust performance from 1-11 against Liverpool at Anfield to know that the team are more than capable of protecting their goal.
"I think that is it - the team was solid," reasoned Dean. "You can't defend as individuals or as a three, it takes everybody. We've got to get more solid as a full unit - that is when we are at our best, when we look together as a team and more compact.
"At the moment we can look a little disjointed at times and are getting found out. At this level, if you give anyone the space to play or make a mistake you get punished. We need to get closer and stop that from happening."
Meanwhile, Dean was not about to take much consolation from our bright beginnings against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and says the team must look forward and get back on the points trail as soon as possible.
"If you are looking for positives, yes, but a game lasts 90 minutes and playing well for half an hour is not good enough. We took the game to them really and they changed their formation after about half an hour and we didn't really get to grips with that.
"We've got to look forward, the last two results have been poor and it's always difficult when you go through a phase like this.
"The best way to get through it is to get a win as soon as possible."
Dean Richards says the team must return to defending as a solid unit in order to quickly get back into the winning habit.