Blackpool caretaker boss Steve Thompson admitted Michael Appleton's departure has "knocked the stuffing" out of the players.

Thompson is back in temporary charge of the Seasiders, just as he was after Ian Holloway left two months ago, following Appleton's decision to quit for Blackburn 24 hours earlier. And he felt the players were affected by losing their second manager in quick succession after they went down 2-1 at Charlton.

"You'd think we'd be used to it by now wouldn't you?" said Thompson. "You try not to give players excuses, but it's not the perfect scenario, when yet again these lads are coming in and there is no manager. The manager has worked with them for the last two months on how he wants them to play, and the next minute he's gone."

Thompson has urged the board to appoint a new manager quickly in what is now a critical point in Blackpool's season. The Seasiders, beaten play-off finalists last term, now find themselves looking over their shoulders at the relegation places.

"I never thought I'd be saying that with the group of players we've got, but then I didn't think I'd be sitting here again after two months," added Thompson. "It's my job to galvanise the players and get their belief back because they have had the stuffing knocked out of them again.

"The problem now is we've got lads with speculation about them, lads out of contract, and we need some new faces to keep us ticking over in this division. So we need someone in rapidly because January will be massive for this club."

Sean O'Driscoll is among the favourites for the role, while another name in the frame is Blackpool's veteran striker Kevin Phillips. But at the moment the former England international is still leading the line at the age of 39, and he could have given Blackpool an early lead only for his header to hit a post.

Instead Charlton went in at the break two up thanks to Johnnie Jackson's bobbling shot and Scott Wagstaff's strike. Substitute Nathan Eccleston hit a stoppage-time consolation but Charlton held on for only their fourth home win of the season and, significantly for manager Chris Powell, their first on a Saturday.

"It's Saturday and we've won a game," he said. "It's been a long time coming. I've been saying if we can improve our home form just a little bit we could have a better position in the league.

"The fans come to the Valley and want to see their team do well to set up their week, and we've done that against a decent Blackpool team. They've had some upheaval with their manager going but football is football, they will always come and play and it was up to us to combat that and the players worked ever so hard for the result today."