Caretaker coach Lee St. Hilaire does not believe his young Bradford players deserve the blame for the unwanted record the club picked up in their 49-24 loss at Hull KR on Saturday evening.
The four-time Super League champions, who lifted the trophy in 1997, 2001, 2003 and 2005, fell to a 10th successive loss, their worst run since they were reformed as Bradford Northern in 1964.
"I think it is unfair for them to carry the can," he said. "They've been thrown in at the deep end as I have. If you were to slide a couple of them into the top four sides you wouldn't be worried about them."
He added: "They've come into a side that's 10 on the bounce. They'll be good for the future but it's not fair for them to carry the can for what happens.
"There's a lot of edginess in our play, we've lost 10 on the bounce and we're having to field a lot of young players at the moment. We had a lot of defence to do in the first half; they had the ball for about 30 minutes. When you fatigue your shape goes out of the window."
St. Hilaire admits his side's chances of making the play-offs are now slim, but is preferring to chase performances rather than a top-eight spot.
"It will be very difficult to make the top eight," he said. "It's not that we're not going to try to get there. The players are still working towards it but we're working to perform rather than win."
Justin Morgan was just happy to see his side get back into the winning habit following their narrow loss to Hull last weekend.
"It was two points but that's about it," said the Australian. "I wasn't overly impressed with the way we played. But two points is what you require, and we got that.
"There was a pressure after losing last week, with us wanting to bounce back and so forth. We got the points and that is the main thing. It was a funny old game, and I can't imagine it was a great spectacle. But we did the job and will come back next week and do the job again."