Derby manager Paul Jewell is looking towards the January transfer window after Saturday's 4-1 defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Jewell looks set to be a busy man when the transfer window reopens
He told BBC Radio Derby: "I knew before I came that we need better players. The table doesn't lie after 16 games.
"That doesn't mean I'll bring everyone in and blow everyone out, but the team needs help, they're low on confidence.
"The squad needs strengthening in all areas of the pitch and I'll be endeavouring to do that."
Defensive errors have blighted the Rams' season so far as they sit bottom of the Premier League table, having conceded 38 goals and scored just six in 16 games.
"We can't measure ourselves against Manchester United but I'm disappointed with the goals we've given away. I'm sure (former Rams boss) Billy Davies was saying that after every game he was in charge.
"Some of the defending has been calamitous at times. That's one of the reasons we are where we are.
"We can still do it (avoid relegation) but we've got to start winning soon. We've got to take something from Saturday's game with Middlesbrough, it's a massive match. If we can get a result, we can use it as a springboard."
Former Wigan boss Jewell also thanked the club's travelling fans following the defeat as Steve Howard scored Derby's first away goal of the season.
"Our fans were absolutely fantastic again. They have given us tremendous support since I've been here. We've lost 4-1 but they've got something to cheer about.
"You'd think we'd won the league with their reaction to the goal. I'm desperate to give them something else to cheer about, a victory."