Barry Ferguson bemoaned a number of ‘individual errors’ for denying The Seasiders a chance of taking something at Reading.
The Royals capitalised on Blackpool mistakes clinically, leaving the players with a mountain to climb after a positive start.
“We started well then went through a crazy six minutes with two crazy goals. Then we came back a bit and started doing all right, but it’s just disappointing,” he said.
Ferguson kept the squad in the dressing room for 25 minutes following the 5-1 defeat, as he looked to put across a few home truths.
“I’ve had a long chat with them in the dressing room and it’s just sloppy mistakes and individual errors. That’s what cost us the game.
“I’ve been in the dressing room with them for 25 minutes and I asked them all questions. We need to get our act together.
“I just spoke the truth and they took it on board. I’ve told them what’s expected, and what I expect of them.”
The task now is to lift spirits ahead of a Lancashire derby against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, with Ferguson emphasising the need for character.
“They need to have a tough mentality. I only want people who are strong-minded.
“There’s not enough belief, and that’s up to me in the meanwhile to instil that into the players. They’re all good players and they’ve got to realise that. It’s up to me to give them confidence,” he added.