Bristol City caretaker manager Steve Wigley feels his side are due a change in fortunes after suffering a 2-1 defeat at home to Peterborough.
George Boyd and Lee Tomlin hit second-half goals to ruin Wigley's 50th birthday and leave City bottom of the npower Championship table. Marvin Elliott's 82nd-minute header produced a spirited late surge, but City are still looking for their first home win of the season.
"The last thing I wanted was for us to be bottom of the table tonight," Wigley said. "No-one associated with the club can feel happy in that situation."
He added: "I have been asked to take the team again at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night and if the players give me the same effort our luck is due to change.
"There will probably be a new manager in place by the end of the week and whoever he is will need a bit more good fortune than we had today.
Former Barnsley boss Mark Robins and current St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes appear to be the two leading candidates to succeed Keith Millen, and one of them is likely to be appointed before next Saturday's home clash with Birmingham.
Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson admitted his side hardly deserved to return home with all three points.
"We never got anywhere near the standard of performance we set ourselves," he said.
"Bristol City will feel unfortunate not to have taken something. I have an honest group of players and in the dressing room afterwards they admitted they didn't play well.
"But we dug in to defend our lead and they say the sign of a good side is being able to win when not at their best."