Chris Plummer is hoping Corby Town “respond in the right manner” when they take on Hendon in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup tomorrow.
The Steelmen go into the Steel Park clash against the Ryman League Premier Division side on the back of a heavy 5-2 home defeat to Altrincham in the Blue Square Bet North last weekend, which ended a run of four successive victories on their own patch.
Plummer could only watch on as his team shipped five goals during an incredible first 40 minutes.
And, with a place in the first round proper alongside the npower League One and Two clubs on the line tomorrow, the Corby boss is hoping to get the right reaction from his players.
“I said it last week and I will say it again, the game with Altrincham was a big learning curve for our young lads,” Plummer said.
“But we have progressed, I don’t think there can be much doubt about that.
“That game has gone now. We didn’t perform well in the first half against a very good team and we got taught a very harsh lesson.
“The important thing now is making sure the lads respond in the right manner and I am sure they will.
“We want and need to get back to the performances that got us good wins against the likes of Droylsden, Colwyn Bay and Workington.
“The performance levels need to be back up there because Hendon will be coming here looking for a good result. We have to perform to our best and if we do we will have a good chance.”
Should the Steelmen progress, they will be included in the first-round draw, which is live on ITV at 1.30pm on Sunday.