Gary Bowyer says his Blackpool side must take their last-minute heartbreak against Luton Town on the chin and instantly move on.
The Seasiders looked like they were going to earn a priceless point against their play-off rivals on Saturday only to be denied by a cruel injury time goal from Ollie Palmer.
It was a tough result to take for Bowyer’s men who had done more than enough to earn a draw, but the Pool boss insists his players can’t afford to dwell on the disappointing defeat.
He said: “I think it was harsh on us but we have to take it on the chin and move on.
“We just dust ourselves down. We have to take it because there’s nothing we can do now.”
Luton shot-stopper Matt Macey was the busier of the two keepers, making a string of impressive saves including superb stops to deny Bright Osayi-Samuel and Kyle Vassell.
Mark Cullen also went close with a glancing header which would have capped off the perfect return to his old side.
But Palmer’s dramatic winner, which came in the first minute of injury time after Dean Lyness had failed to hold Luke Gambin’s shot, brought an end to Pool’s nine-match unbeaten run and only their second defeat in their last 15 games.
The result was a tough one to take for Bowyer but he was full of praise for his side’s performance at Kenilworth Road.
He added: “I thought the way we played was terrific and we’ve come across an unbelievable save from Kyle Vassell and several more. We’ve had some real good chances.
“I think you have to judge games by saves made, don’t you?
“If you look at it, there’s Mark Cullen’s chance, Brad Potts’ chance, their goalie has pulled off a worldie from Bright Osayi-Samuel and then he’s pulled out another one from Kyle Vassell. Then Clark Robertson’s had a good header.
“Deano (Dean Lyness) has had to make one good save and another one, so I thought we came here, settled down after the first 15, 20 minutes and played some really good football.
“We passed it really well and it was probably one of the best football we’ve played passing wise.
“In terms of how we went about it, tactics-wise we were spot on. We were a constant threat throughout the game. We played some really good football.”
The defeat saw Blackpool drop out of the League Two play-off zone to eighth ahead of Saturday’s home game against Grimsby Town.
They found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-1 thrashing against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.