Defiant Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer has called on his side to embark on another positive run of results after a cruel late strike at Mansfield ended their six games without defeat.
Stags substitute Danny Rose struck the cruel blow in the third minute of injury time to secure his side a priceless 1-0 win at the One Call Stadium and make it two wins out of two for new manager Steve Evans.
Blackpool drop out of the League Two play-off spots slipping three placed to 10th, after they were unable to hold on despite putting on a battling and brave defensive display at Field Mill.
“It’s a cruel game sometimes,” Pool manager Bowyer said.
“I thought we came here and matched their fight. Their goalkeeper has pulled off a wonderful save at the start of the second half from Clark Robertson’s header.
“We just needed to see it through but we weren’t able to do that.”
Rose’s goal split the teams in a game that was low on quality, with little to shout about at either end of the pitch.
The Pool boss added: “I think a point would have been fair. I don’t think think there was a great deal of quality in the game from either side.
“Apart from Clark’s header there wasn’t too much goal action. It was just a lot of fighting and competing for first and second balls.”
The dramatic late goal came in cruel fashion for the Seasiders but it was entirely of their own doing.
Tom Aldred skewed a defensive header towards Mansfield striker Matt Green, who saw his looping volley tipped wide by keeper Sam Slocombe only for Rose to pounce at the back post and force the ball over the line.
It was a tough blow to take for Aldred, who had put in a sterling performance alongside Robertson at the back to keep Mansfield at bay.
Bowyer added: “Our two centre-halves were nearly immaculate ... but nearly is a big word.
“We knew they would have to be good but they weren’t able to do it.
“It was two mistakes on the trot and they’re not meant to do that.
“At the end of the day it’s ended up costing us a point.
“We put a good little run together, where we showed how good we can play. Tonight we showed we can fight but we’ve got to regroup and start another run on Saturday against Newport County.
“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves because we haven’t got time to.
“The beauty is we’ve got another game on Saturday and it is at home, where we’ve been outstanding this season. We’ve got to go out and do it again.”