Owen Coyle is looking for Bolton to be on the front foot and beat Blackburn on Tuesday to climb off the foot of the table.
The Trotters sit bottom of the pile - five points from safety - after just three wins from their opening 16 games of the season.
Rovers are also struggling - sitting second from bottom, just a point ahead of their rivals - and Coyle admits the North West derby is a massive game.
He told Sky Sports News: "Well I think we're all disappointed and frustrated, certainly where we are in the league.
"I think that even given the injuries and the suspensions and even some tough decisions that went against us in terms of games, I don't think we would envisage that we'd be in the predicament that we're in if truth be told.
"But, the great thing about football is, it gives you an opportunity to address that and for everybody that's wrote you off or been negative about yourself or players or whatever, then it gives you a chance to turn that on its head as we've done before and that's what we'll have to look to do.
"We're under no illusions that we go to a game at Blackburn, live on Sky and being shown worldwide, that's probably the biggest game of the season for both clubs, that goes without saying.
"So we have to make sure that we're ready to be on the front foot and be really positive and go and win the game."