Midfielder Paul Murray has leapt to the defence of Hartlepool boss Mick Wadsworth, insisting he is not to blame for their slump in form.
Pools have lost five of their last six matches after starting the season with a nine-game unbeaten run in the league.
But Murray believes the players should be held accountable and that the blame should not be directed at Wadsworth.
"I feel for Mick, I really do," he told the Hartlepool Mail.
"We're doing all the same things we were during that unbeaten run, so nothing has changed from his side of things.
"We're just not doing it for him at the moment. That's nothing to do with Mick and the lads have got to take it on the chin and do something about it."