Andy Peaks is hoping his AFC Rushden & Diamonds players can bounce back in style when they head to Aylesbury United tonight (Wednesday).
Diamonds make the trip to take on the Ducks, who play at Thame United’s ASM Stadium, having suffered their first defeat of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central season when they were beaten 1-0 at Godalming Town on Saturday.
Peaks’ side are entering a busy spell ahead of the festive fixtures as they begin to wade into a pile-up of matches following their exploits in the FA Cup this season.
A victory will lift them back into third place and Peaks said: “It will be nice to get back out there after the defeat at the weekend.
“I am always careful not to over-celebrate a win and, likewise, I am not going to go overboard after a defeat.
“I always think the sign of a good side is how they respond to a setback and that’s the challenge in front of us tonight.
“We have got a lot of games coming up between now and Christmas and it’s important we pick up points to stay in and around the top part of the league.”
Diamonds will be looking to claim the double over Aylesbury United after Liam Dolman’s stoppage-time penalty sealed their first win of the season - a 2-1 success at the Dog & Duck back in August.
And, despite the Ducks’ lowly league position, Peaks is wary of the opposition.
“To be honest, they are one of the best teams we have played this season,” he added.
“I know they have had a new manager recently and they picked up a good point at the weekend (in a 2-2 draw with Uxbridge”.
“It is going to be tough but, like I have said before, every away game in this league is going to be battle.”