Paul Ince: Blackpool boss sees positives despite FA Cup exit
Blackpool manager Paul Ince was pleased with the fans who applauded the team following their 2-1 defeat by Bolton in the third round of the FA Cup.
The former England midfielder told BBC Radio Lancashire: "It has been a long time [since receiving that reaction].
"When you see the fans standing up and clapping, we start to move forward. It is great to see."
The Seasiders are currently on a run of eight games without a win in all competitions, and have picked up just one point from a possible 21 in the Championship.
Having slipped to 12th in the table, four points off a play-off spot, fans have become frustrated with Ince's men.
But the 46-year-old sees bright signs, despite their exit from the Cup, and feels they have a crucial period coming up in the league when they face mid-table Middlesbrough, as well as relegation-threatened Barnsley and Doncaster.
"I know it is not easy when we are losing games in the league, but if we get our stronger players back then we will be OK," he said.
"We need to try and be positive because it has been negative week after week.
"It has been hard for everyone and we need to stick together to try and beat Middlesbrough on Saturday. The next three games will define our season."
With the January transfer window now open, Ince also says he will looking to add to his squad.
"It has been a terrible Christmas for all of us, but we are trying to bring players in," he added. "It is not easy and we have missed out on a couple recently."