JOHN Coleman admitted he is worried after seeing his 'brittle' Accrington Stanley side slip to another heavy defeat following Tuesday's 4-0 loss at Burton Albion.

But the Reds boss will not shirk the challenge of getting it right and says only hard work will get them out of their current predicament.

Stanley have lost their last three League One games - conceding 11 goals in the process - are five without a win and four places above the relegation zone.

"I have never had a team that looks so brittle at the back and it is the whole team giving the ball away left, right and centre," he told the club website. "Not getting yourselves in to a game, capitulating when we concede. It is all the recipes for a disaster but unfortunately the buck stops with me. I am not gong to shirk it."

Coleman admitted the performance at the Pirelli Stadium was unacceptable and apologised to the travelling fans.

"It has been an horrendous November for us," he said. "I’d like to apologise to the travelling fans. You know when they fans have got a cob on when they call you Coleman instead of Coley or John.

"One of the fan’s there shouted out ‘it’s not good enough Coleman’ – he should tell me something I don’t know. Because I know it is not good enough. So I can only apologise.

"I had to be brief in what I said in there (to the players) because we all know it is unacceptable.

"I think there are only four lads in there; Harvey (Rodgers), Ross (Sykes), Sean (McConville), Seamus (Connelly) know how hard they worked to get in this league and if we are not careful, we’ll quickly exit it.

"So it is just going to have to be down to hard work. As far as I am concerned, there will be no days off. We’ll work hard at the training ground and we’ll train every day until we get it right.

"That is the only way we can do it."