Tommy Wright has urged his Corby Town players to “prove people wrong” when they return to action at Steel Park tomorrow (Saturday).
The Steelmen have been without a game for two weeks due to their early exit from the FA Cup but they resume their Vanarama National League North campaign with a tough home clash against second-placed AFC Fylde.
Corby go into the match on the back of a run of 10 games without a win in all competitions.
Their last encounter saw them thrashed 5-0 at North Ferriby United, a result that has left them hovering above the relegation places.
Wright believes there are some people who have “given up” on his squad.
But, after what he described as a productive two weeks, he now wants his players to take advantage of a fresh start.
“It has been good and it has been productive,” Wright said as he reflected on the past fortnight. “I said most of what I needed to say immediately after the game at North Ferriby.
“Then we went through the DVD of it and the boys knew there was nowhere to hide.
“To see the lack of effort that went into that game shocked them and since then, the response on the training ground has been great.
“But I have told them that I need that tempo and togetherness on Saturday.
“I know they can go on the training ground and play against each other.
“Now they have to go out there and prove people wrong because I think there are a few who have given up on them.
“This feels like a fresh start for me and them and they have to go out there and prove it.”