North Melbourne captain Jack Ziebell says the players are fully behind coach David Noble after he apologised for giving them a spray following the defeat against Brisbane.
The Kangaroos are priced at 100/1 to finish in the top eight and play finals but they have just won one game in the 2022 AFL campaign so far.
That win came in round two against the West Coast Eagles. But the week after in round three the Lions romped to a 108-point win at the Gabba.
It was after that game Noble ripped in to his players, only for him to apologise to them a few days later. Noble felt he was too harsh, but Ziebell says that is not the case and it was deserved.
"The coach gave us a pretty frank message after the game, and I think in the coming days he might have reflected upon that and thought maybe it was a little bit too much," Ziebell told SEN.
"My recollection was he didn't need to do that, his message was fair, it was direct and the performance wasn't up to standard.”
Meanwhile Ziebell says Noble has the full support of the players as he attempts to get them climbing the ladder.
"The environment at our footy club over the last 18 months has been outstanding, he's created such a supportive, encouraging environment for our group and it's been fantastic to work in,” Ziebell added.
"There's going to be ups and downs, and unfortunately for our members, supporters, players and supporters we're in a bit of a down patch.”