Chris Plummer is hoping Corby Town can take full advantage of a free week as they look to put the disappointment of Saturday’s 5-2 home defeat to Altrincham behind them.
Plummer’s side shipped five goals inside the first 40 minutes as the Robins ran riot at Steel Park before the Steelmen recovered with a better second-half display.
But the heavy loss was a big blow to Plummer’s men, who appeared to have turned the corner since his appointment.
And he has urged his players not to get too down as they begin their preparations for next Saturday’s FA Cup fourth qualifying round home clash with Ryman League Premier Division side Hendon with a place amongst the Footbal League clubs in the first round on the line.
Plummer said: “We have a full week now and an opportunity to iron out some of those mistakes.
“We have a few carrying injuries as well so it gives them a bit of time to settle down. I am sure we will put in a better performance next week.
“You don’t get too high when you win and don’t get too low when you lose. The key for our boys is to not get too down.
“We have lost the game and we will lose more during the season. We said right at the start that there has to be a bit of realism.
“We are where we are in the league and we were disappointed with the first-half performance.
“But we have to dust ourselves down and focus on what is in front of us.”
Plummer, who revealed skipper Jason Crowe missed the game due to twisted ankle, did have a word of praise for new signing Carl Piergianni, who was given a baptism of fire in his first appearance for the Steelmen.
“I thought Carl was steady, he was up against their best player (Duncan Watmore),” the Corby boss said.
“Carl isn’t a natural left-back but he can play there and I don’t think he did anything particularly wrong.
“It’s obviously not an easy one coming in as a defender and then all of sudden you have shipped five goals in the first half. But we can’t lay too much blame at his door.”