Paul Ince has told his Blackpool side to forget their mauling at Brighton.
The Seasiders returned to training this morning for the first time since the 6-1 hammering on Saturday.
Ince apologised to Pool’s fans for the defeat but feels it’s time to move on and look forward towards the visit of Derby this Saturday.
“We have to forget Brighton now,” said the manager. “The lads took a load of stick on Saturday night and on Sunday – that’s football.
“I told them not to take it too seriously. The stats and the results have shown how well this team have done.
“I don’t want them to forget the things which went wrong but we have to put the result out of our minds and look forward. I hurt over the weekend, but from this morning all thoughts were on moving forward towards Derby.”
You’d expect such a heavy defeat to take its toll on the players but Ince feels this group have been through enough this season to not let it get to them.
He added: “The heads aren’t down. Sometimes people get too emotional about results, Football shouldn’t be like that.
“These lads here will always be smiling and positive and they’ve got to be. They have the best job in the world.
“There are kids out there who are ill, so these lads need to be real. It was a bad result but that’s all it was.”
Blackpool stand four points above the relegation places with two games to play.
After the curtain comes down on the season at Bloomfield Road this weekend, Pool travel to Bolton on the final day. And Ince is convinced his side will put the relegation battle to bed. “We will be fine,” he said.
“We were disappointed on Saturday but we are fighting hard to stay in this league, we’ve proved that.
“We’ve stabled the ship – Brighton was only the second game we’ve lost in 10. It’s time for us to bounce back now.”
Ince watched a DVD of Saturday’s game to get to the bottom of what caused such a heavy defeat.
He added: “As long as I can see reasons why it happened, then it will be OK,” he said.
“The bottom line is we played against a very good side who are going for promotion. We want to be like that one day.”