Steve Thompson has backed Blackpoolto bounce back from defeat at Derby County and move on from a difficult few days at Bloomfield Road.
The Seasiders' assistant manager was placed in temporary charge of the team several hours before kick-off, following the news that Ian Holloway had joined Crystal Palace.
The 48-year-old, who didn't pick the side to start the game, now hopes to quickly move on from the 4-1 loss and assert his own influence on a couple of things.
"I told the lads that we've got to move on, we need big characters out there now so we can't feel sorry for ourselves," he said. "It's not been an ideal week but I'll make no excuses. I'll back those lads 110 per cent because we've got a fantastic bunch.
"Teams respect us but they won't allow us to play. We've got to earn the right to play attacking football and I'm going to make sure that we get back on the training ground and keep these lads ticking over and ready for Tuesday. I can't wait to get back on the training ground and work on things that I think need working on."
The Seasiders are now without a win since early October, yet Thompson feels that the players always produce when the chips are down and he's determined to mastermind the turnaround.
"When people keep writing these lads off, that's when it will come to the fore how good these lads really are. Results will dictate whether I get the job but I'll be throwing my hat into the ring," he added.