Caretaker manager Steve Thompson refused to be drawn on rumours linking sacked Southampton boss Nigel Adkins with the Blackpool vacancy - maintaining he can be the man to take the club forward despite a 2-1 defeat against Cardiff.

Just 24 hours after his surprise sacking at Southampton, Adkins has become one of the front-runners to succeed Michael Appleton at Bloomfield Road.

Goals from Tommy Smith and Kim Bo-kyung ensured Thompson's short reign featured its third consecutive defeat, however, while remaining tight-lipped about Adkins he was unafraid to talk of his own ambitions.

"I've said from day one that Karl Oyston will make the decision and hopefully the right decision for Blackpool Football Club," said Thompson.

"I want to be number one of course I do. I've always said I'm ready, I'm ready to be number one but whatever Karl decides to do I'll back him 100%, with whatever role I have at Blackpool.

"I've just been in temporary charge. We've not actually sat down and spoken. That's Karl's decision - that's why he's chairman."

The uncertainty at Blackpool is in sharp contrast to opponents Cardiff for whom victory means a 10-point lead at the top of the npower Championship.

"It's not becoming ours to lose. Let's be clear on that one, it's a big no," Cardiff boss Malky Mackay said.

"There's plenty of games to go and a lot of points to get. The minute you start thinking like that is the minute you start dropping the league. You've just got to keep making sure we apply ourselves. We've got to make sure at this time of this season we've just got to keep our heads down and work hard.

"Certainly in January and February, the pitches can be a bit awkward and the weather can be bad and there is the Saturday-Tuesdays. You've just got to get your head down and grind the results out. I'm delighted with the boys, playing to the standard they did tonight."