Paul Ince says he is not ready to quit as Blackpool manager.
Two late goals from Mustafa Carayol saw Middlesbrough condemn Ince’s side to their eighth defeat in nine games.
The Seasiders have tumbled from fourth to 14th in the Championship, having taken just one point from their last eight league games, and Saturday’s Bloomfield Road defeat prompted boos from supporters at full-time.
But Ince says he will stay and fight for his job. The manager said: “It’s tough but I love being Blackpool manager. I love my players and the fans are great.
“I’m going to roll my sleeves up and work hard to get that win. I’m not one to shirk a challenge and I have to rise to meet this one.
“The chairman is strong and I’m strong, and I want to turn it round.
“The chairman is supporting me. He came out in the paper and said that.
“If I felt things weren’t right I’d be out the door, don’t worry about that.”
Pool were on top for long spells against Boro but lacked the quality to break their much-improved opponents down.
They haven’t scored in three Championship games but Ince is convinced his side’s fortunes will change.
He added: “If I thought we played poorly on Saturday and the players had jacked it in, then I’d be the first one out the door.
“But the players showed they are playing for me. They were all hurting after the game. Things are just going against us.
“I asked for a positive reaction from everyone at the club, and I thought I got that from the players and the fans. It’s easy to show frustrations after the game but we played some good stuff. It just wouldn’t go for us.
“I must have run over a couple of black cats but the fans were great.
“They want to win as much as we do.”
Ince vowed to go for victory at Barnsley next weekend. “It’s about getting wins now and the disappointing thing is that on Saturday we deserved one,” he said.
“Against Boro we had a real opportunity to win and we played like we wanted to win.
“At the start of the season we were getting that first goal but we just aren’t now.
“The more I think about Saturday’s game the more I think we dominated.”
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka praised match-winning substitute Carayol after his two goals from the bench.
He said: “Everybody knows Mustapha is a quality player and he needed that for his confidence. He took both goals very well and I’m very happy for him.
“It was very good result and performance. We didn’t play in the first half but in the second the subs worked well and we got the result.”