Tony McMahon insists Blackpool are “getting there” despite a patchwork side losing to Burnley on Saturday.
A second half Marvin Sordell goal was the difference between the sides as Jose Riga took charge of his first game at Bloomfield Road.
The game highlighted just how much work needs to be done before Saturday’s big Championship kick-off at Nottingham Forest but McMahon is convinced Pool are making positive steps.
The full-back, who captained the side on Saturday, said: “We are getting there, slowly but surely.
“We all need to stick together, as players and fans. We all just need to keep going. It’s improving and it will come together.
“We should all be more optimistic now. We’ve seen a lot of new faces come in and we think we’ll get more. The sooner the new faces come in, the better.”
Manager Riga did not address the media after the game and has not done so since the day he was appointed eight weeks ago.
McMahon was happy with the performance against Burnley, adding: “It was a good 90 minutes for me personally. It was hard work.
“It was much-needed minutes for the lads, so all in all it was a good exercise.
“You can probably see we are short on fitness but we have to stick together, dig in and get ready for next week.
“I thought a few of the lads who came in did well but we are all new as this is a new squad.
“We have a full week now before the season starts and we all need to work hard. We can only do what we can on the pitch. We just need to play our football and stick together.
“The manager won’t change how he wants to play and I think you could see our quality at times.”
Though Pool’s last-minute squad-building has restricted Riga’s work on the training ground, home supporters did get a glimpse on Saturday of what the new era will bring.
Pool looked to have much more attacking intent than last season and attempted to pass the ball much more, something which McMahon enjoyed. “I think we showed the way we want to play a little bit and I think the crowd could see that,” he said.
“We’re getting excited but it will take time and we are obviously short on players. It is going to be a good team to play in and hopefully I can keep the captain’s armband for the rest of the season.”