Notts County caretaker manager Carl Heggs tried to draw some positives after his first match in charge ended in a 2-1 loss to high-flying Rochdale at Meadow Lane.
The hosts were 2-0 down after just 15 minutes courtesy of goals from Craig Dawson and Will Atkinson, before stand-in skipper Lee Hughes pulled a deserved goal back for the Magpies nine minutes into the second half.
But the home side were unable to find an equaliser, and Heggs said: "The first 15 minutes epitomised what this club has been going through. There's no confidence - I've tried to instil a bit but I've only had 24 hours get something into them.
"I said that we've got to look at the second half, we've got to be proud of that. But if we don't do what we did in the second half for the rest of the season, we are in trouble."
The reverse was the Magpies' sixth successive defeat and leaves them just one point and one place off the drop zone, hovering precariously above Dagenham who they travel to on Saturday.
On whether he would be in charge for that game, and his ambitions to take the job full-time, Heggs added: "This football club is far bigger than me. The most important thing is for us to stay in the league, and as long as I'm here I'll do whatever I can to keep them up."