Tommy Wright believes his Corby Town players will need to “man up” for their trip to Chippenham Town tomorrow (Saturday).
The Steelmen head to Wiltshire on the back of a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Slough Town on Wednesday night after a performance that left boss Wright furious.
Corby now face some time on the road with this weekend’s clash being immediately followed by a trek to Hereford United on Tuesday night.
Wright knows what to expect at Chippenham tomorrow and he insists his players must be ready for a battle as they bid to get back on track having missed the chance to go third in the Southern League Premier Division table in midweek.
The Corby manager said: “They (Chippenham) were strong last year. They are big, they are well organised and they are physical.
“I have had a look at them and that is their brand of football.
“We have to man up a bit because it was men versus boys the other night. We didn’t win enough battles.
“We need to turn it around and we need points on the board. I set the lads a target and I had Slough down as three points.
“We got none so we have to go back to the drawing board and try to get a result tomorrow.”
Wright, meanwhile, hinted that there may be changes to his starting line-up this weekend after new signing Elliott Chamberlain produced an energetic display when he came on as a second-half substitute on Wednesday.
“I was impressed with Elliott when he came on and the young lads who are on the fringes keep impressing me as well,” the Steelmen boss added.
“There were some disappointing performances and three or four of the lads didn’t turn up so I need more from them.”
Corby’s game at Hereford on Tuesday is set to be followed by another blank weekend as their opponents for next Saturday, Biggleswade Town, are still involved in the FA Cup.