Preston North End boss Alan Irvine refuses to blame bad luck for his side's current predicament.
The former Everton assistant manager succeeded Paul Simpson in the Deepdale hotseat last month but, in his five matches since taking on the role, Irvine has watched his side slip to four defeats.
The last of those losses was a home defeat to Blackpool that left Preston at the foot of the Championship table, and Irvine admitted: "I came into this job saying that I don't want to be talking about referees or bad luck and I really still feel that way.
"I hope that I can spend more time talking about quality of play so that we don't rely on luck.
"We can't affect lucky breaks, bad luck or refereeing decisions, but we can certainly work on quality."