Lee Sinnott has challenged his Altrincham side for a reaction at Workington after their midweek defeat ended an eight-game unbeaten streak.
The Robin’s went down 2-0 away at lowly Histon in midweek but while they remained in fourth spot, they lost ground on third-placed Brackley.
Sinnott was disappointed with his teams’ performance, but sees the trip to face the Reds in the Blue Square North as the perfect opportunity to bounce back.
“We got no points out of the game and we deserved no points out of the game,” said the Alty boss.
“We didn’t show anything like we are capable of, so now I expect a reaction.
“It is how you react that counts and we must make sure we respond positively.”
Altrincham found themselves two goals down inside the opening 25 minutes and Sinnott admits his side never recovered from the early set-backs.
The defeat was only the third time the Robins have failed to find the net this season, and Sinnott was apologetic to the fans that made the long trip to Histon.
“When you don’t get into a game the consequences follow and Histon were worthy of the win,” said Sinnott.
“We had a chat after the game on Tuesday and you could tell the players with disheartened with the performance.
“It’s a long journey to go up there and not perform, and I’m sorry to the supporters that travelled all the way up there, they deserved more.”
Ahead of the 280-mile round-trip to Workington, Sinnott expects to have a full squad to choose from with Simon Richman and Gianluca Havern likely to be fit.
“You want all your players available and Simon has been performing well lately, I think we missed his energy on Tuesday and hopefully he’ll be back on Saturday,” said Sinnott.
“Luca has a bit of a knock to his knee but hopefully that will clear up.”
Elsewhere in the Blue Square Bet Conference, Stockport County are also on their travels as they visit Ebbsfleet United.
The Hatters have won three of their last four, and new boss Darije Kalesic will be hoping that form continues at bottom of the league Fleet.
Hyde meanwhile host Kidderminister Harriers at Ewen Fields on the back of a 3-1 midweek victory at Telford United, with striker Scott Spencer in fine form.
The England C player has two in his last two games and will need to be on form again if Hyde are to overcome high-flying Harriers.
Stalybridge Celtic make the trip to Boston United while lowly Droylsden face a stern test when they welcome Halifax Town to the Butcher’s Arms Ground.
Celtic have just one point from five outings and have slipped down the pecking order in the Blue Square Bet North and need a win to keep pace with the other play-off contenders.
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