Steve Burr accepts the criticism being levelled at him and his team as the Chester FC manager insists he’s working harder than ever to turn things around.
Five league games without a win and two from the last 12 leaves the Blues facing up to the prospect of a relegation battle.
With the division’s bottom two, Torquay United and Kidderminster Harriers, next up in the league Burr’s side have the chance to relieve much of the pressure with two victories but are no certainties to do so at present.
A growing number of supporters are getting restless and, ahead of an FA Trophy trip to FC Halifax Town on Saturday (3pm), Burr understands the disappointment in the stands and remains determined to put things right.
"It’s disappointing for everyone because whatever is said we’ve lost another game of the football, that’s the crux of it,” said Burr, whose team went down 2-0 at Braintree Town last weekend .
"If we analyse some of the goals we have conceded this season then mistakes are costing us far too often and that was the case against Braintree.
"We work every week on defending corners and all of the players know how we are going to set up. We knew with the pitch at Braintree there wasn’t going to be much football played and we said it would come down to set-pieces.
"We can give the players instructions and tell them what to do but the responsibility is with them to do their jobs once they are on the pitch and at the moment we are making it very difficult for ourselves.
"I brought the players to the club and I’ll take responsibility for that because the results have not been what I expect. I’m not hiding from that and I know that when results aren’t good there will be criticism.
"I can change personnel - and I think everyone’s had a chance - and tactics but I see what the players are capable of in training every week and for whatever reason we’re not taking that into the Saturday.
"Sometimes things blow up on a Saturday after a game so we had a meeting with the players on Monday when we went through things because I’m as disappointed as anyone.
"I’m not hiding the fact that results haven’t been what I or anyone else expected but Jon (McCarthy) and I will keep lifting them and keep working hard in training until we get it right."