Manager Phil Brown has insisted that Preston remain a squad united as they look to end a miserable sequence of results in npower League One.

North End have taken just one point from their last nine matches to lie 16th in the table, and face Hartlepool away from home on Tuesday without a win on the road in more than two months. However, former Hull boss Brown stressed that the players and coaching staff are fully behind one another as they travel to Victoria Park.

"I had a meeting with my senior professionals on Monday. When I looked around the office and saw the players I had - their experience, ability and fitness levels - I was thinking there was no rhyme or reason why we are losing games," He told the Lancashire Evening Post.

"In the meeting with the senior lads I listened to what they had to say. They are still 100% behind me and 100% behind the club.

"They are determined to turn things around as soon as possible.

"My response to them is to make sure I pick the right team, the right tactics and right formation so we can give it a go."