Prescot Cables manager Kevin Lynch is looking for his side to respond to their last two defeats when they face Worksop Town in the FA Trophy.
Cables suffered heartache in the FA Cup when Bamber Bridge overcame them, last weekend. They then slumped to defeat against Leek Town as they conceded three penalties in a 4-1 defeat.
Worksop go into the clash unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions as they look to continue their run in the FA Trophy. They overcame Brighouse Town in a difficult away test to book their place in the next round against Cables.
Lynch is keen for his side not to start slow as they did in their previous two as they face another difficult opponent.
He told Off The Park: “When we spoke to Cleethorpes who are in their league they said they’re supposedly the Macclesfield of their league, they’re throwing all sorts of money on it, the money they’ve put into it, it’s going to be a difficult task.
“We’re not underestimating them by any stretch of the imagination, we’re at home and when we’re at home, it is a difficult place to come.
“They’re on a long journey from Worksop, we’ve got to be ready and the lads are now hurting from going out of the FA Cup and the defeat against Leek. We’ll be up for this game but it’s going to be a tough game, we’ll be ready.
“Absolutely not [start slow and fall behind]. We’ve got to be on it from the get-go, make sure we’re solid because James Hanson upfront is a handful for anyone.
“We’ve got to make sure we’re in the game for as long as we can, I do feel with the players we’ve got we’re always going to create our chances and now is the chance to start putting teams to bed with them.
“It is a tough, tough, game. We are a good side ourselves, we’ve come a long way so we will definitely give them a game and with a little bit of luck that falls on our side may go for us.
“It is a cup competition that you can go far in, teams in our league have been to the final so why can’t it be us. We’re not too looking too far beyond this game, it is a tough game, the league is the bread and butter for us but you want to stay in any cup competition for as long as possible.”
The midweek defeat to Leek left the Cables manager disappointed after the manner in which they conceded the goals.
But he took the positives from the performance despite conceding three spot-kicks.
“Coming away from it you’re disappointed when you go to a team that will be challenging- they’ll definitely be in the playoffs – themselves. They’re a good side, to go there and give any team two-goal head start after 12 minutes, it was always going to be an uphill task,” he said.
“I just felt silly penalties on the day – I haven’t seen them – but I felt they were so harsh and soft, to give it so early on, I don’t think the referee covered himself in glory.
“But we can’t argue about it, we rallied back, we got back into the game, conceded a sloppy goal in open play but still not putting the away. Then to give three penalties away in any game is hard to take, hard to take.
“We’re playing some real good tough, creating some real good chances, we’re going toe-to-toe with these sort of teams who will be there or thereabouts.
“I’m pleased and the compliment I got from their manager at the end is that we just never give up, it was relentless, it was holding on, defending for their lives and he gave us full credit. It was a nice compliment for us but at the end of the day, it’s three points lost.
“If you take away the naivety with the penalties, giving the referee a decision to make, you stay on your feet, you don’t dangle your leg in to give the player a chance to go over.
“I just feel a little bit of naivety in those situations but upon reflection, some real good performances, real good play, scored a great goal ourselves, should’ve had more. We just have to dust ourselves down, take it on the chin, learn from that and move on.”