Dean Thomas is hoping his Kettering Town team will use the “massive learning curve” they have been through to their advantage this weekend.
The Poppies take on Slough Town at Latimer Park on Saturday (3pm) having suffered two successive defeats at the start of the Calor League Division One Central campaign.
A 2-0 loss at Potters Bar Town was followed by a 3-0 defeat to Barton Rovers on Tuesday night as the club’s debut in their new Burton Latimer home ended in something of an anticlimax, despite nearly 800 fans turning up to see their side back in the town’s borough.
Thomas was unable to hide his disappointment after the midweek display after much had been expected of his new-look squad.
But he believes their rude awakening in the opening two fixtures can help convince anyone who thought it might be easy that they are way off the mark.
“It was a massive disappointment on Tuesday, the occasion was all set and we wanted to make sure we started the season well, particularly at home,” the Poppies boss said.
“Unfortunately, it has gone the opposite way. I shouldn’t have had to sit there apologising for a poor performance.
“But we have to put things right. The lads haven’t all of sudden become bad players. We need to start working as a team and not as individuals.
“I am more concerned about us at the moment rather than anyone else.
“We have to be stronger and make sure we win every battle, we are losing too many.
“This is a massive learning curve and the only good thing that has come out of this is that these players know it is not going to be a stroll.
“I warned them from day one that it is a physical league. We need to adapt the right attitude and we need to look stronger as a team.”
Ashley Deeney remains the only injury doubt as he recovers from a foot problem while James Tricks has joined Wisbech Town on loan.