Bolton caretaker Jimmy Phillips admits it is a trying time for everyone at the club after they were swatted aside 5-0 at home to Ipswich.
The Trotters, who saw boss Phil Parkinson depart in midweek, again fielded a young side and their inexperience showed against a classy Ipswich team.
The crowd of 5,454 was the lowest attendance for a league game at the University of Bolton Stadium in its 22-year history.
With the takeover of the embattled club yet to be rubber-stamped, Phillips insists it has been testing for all involved.
“It’s extremely difficult for the supporters, players and everyone involved at the club,” said Phillips.
“But credit to the fans – they were outstanding for us and for the players. They’ve turned up and got behind the players but patience is running thin.
“I would imagine it’s the same with the consortium involved.
“They would want to get into the club and hit the ground running.
“What the hold-up is, I’ve no update from earlier in the week.”
James Norwood scored his third goal in as many games when he converted a penalty after 18 minutes, following a handball by Harry Brockbank that was furiously protested by the hosts.
The lead was doubled shortly after the interval when Gwion Edwards tapped in after Norwood’s initial shot was saved by home goalkeeper Remi Matthews.
Town then scored two quickfire goals through Kayden Jackson before.
Norwood finished things off when he fired home Ipswich’s fifth after 72 minutes.
Phillips added: “The players with strong characters will come out of this with benefits.
“Those with perhaps a weaker mental side are the ones who potentially might go under, which is where we as coaches have to consider that.
“It’s not great for any player, young or old, to be on the end of a 5-0 defeat.
“But to improve it we need to work on it defensively.”
As for Ipswich, the victory ensured they went top of League One as they continued their bright form since relegation last season.
“This was a dangerous game because we were almost going into the unknown against the kids who were playing,” said Town chief Paul Lambert.
“We had to do the job and we did a very professional job – and it could have been a much bigger win.
“We did everything right. ”
Ipswich only lead at half-time through Norwood’s penalty, and Lambert admitted: “I gave them a bit of a hard time at the break. Those weren’t the standards I expect.
“But credit to them, they were very, very good after the break.
“I’m pleased with the players because we’re looking really good.”