Hartlepool United first-team coach Mick Wadsworth has dismissed claims that his players have allowed their form to slip on reaching 50 points in League One.
Pools have lost their last three games, conceding eight goals in the process.
"It is unfair, the players are as keen and ambitious as I am, and dejected and disappointed as I am when we've had a poor game," Wadsworth told BBC Tees.
"I think the players care as much as I do and I think as much as our most fervent of fans."
Wadsworth added: "I do think, and we've said it before, we haven't been able to change round as much as we can in certain areas of the team to freshen it up.
"But again, that's not an excuse, all teams have to deal with it, everyone has injuries, and suspensions."
Pools are currently 10 points clear of the League One drop zone in 14th place.