Plymouth Argyle caretaker-manager Carl Fletcher has admitted that he will not be able to overturn their poor start to the season quickly.
The Pilgrims lost 2-0 at Crawley Town on Saturday following their first win of the season the previous week.
"Me and Ro [assistant Romain Larrieu] knew it wasn't going to change overnight," he told BBC Radio Devon.
"It's a tough job and we're learning every day and we're trying to lay the foundations for the longer term."
He added: "There's a few areas where we've just got to be better in, so we'll work on them during the week."
Argyle, who are the subject of a takeover bid by businessman James Brent, are still in administration and bottom of the Football League.
But despite the result Fletcher said he could not criticise his side's commitment in the match.
"I'm gutted for them because they've put so much effort in and you want to get something out of it," he added.
"It's indicative of everything we've done for the past few months, the lads give their all every game and every day."