Chris Hughton insisted he always remained confident the team would turn the corner following the disappointing sequence of Premiership results.
He pointed out that the change of coach and the methods employed was always likely to take a little bit of time to become accustomed to and wouldn't necessarily pay instant dividends.
"In some ways it was not so easy for the players because they went from one coach to another and the philosophies and how they wanted to play were different. That was a difficulty for the players.
"The other side of it is, the players have the best jobs, they are the fortunate ones that are out there on the training pitch every day, playing in games and trying to put things right.
"In some ways it has been difficult, but you've got to go out and perform, work hard and get results. I had no doubt that at some stage we would turn it round.
"The run did start before Martin's reign and there is no doubt that we are playing differently now, certainly more offensively than we did in the first half a dozen games. Sometimes it can happen for you overnight, sometimes it takes a little bit longer than you want it to."