Despite taking the lead against the Grecians at the University of Bolton Stadium through Gethin Jones’ first-half strike, Wanderers spurned the opportunity to claim automatic promotion when the visitors netted two goals to steal victory.
But with their fate still in their own hands, Wanderers know that a win in West Sussex on Saturday will see them return to Sky Bet League One.
And the Wanderers boss won’t allow negativity to affect preparations for the game.
He said: “I’m going to learn a lot about everybody this week, but it shouldn’t all be doom and gloom.
“We’re all disappointed, you guys, the squad, the staff, the board, the fans, but for a long, long time this season it wasn’t looking likely that we’d be promoted and to go to the last game of the season knowing if you win, you’re up, we should still take heart in that and go and do the job.
“I think the players just need honesty. We had an honest conversation because whether we win or lose on Saturday then we have to do it being ourselves and being courageous and brave with and without the ball, like we have since Christmas, really.
“We have to take that into Crawley, let’s go again!”