Godmanchester Rovers boss Matt Clements insists his under-pressure players must right the wrongs in their biggest game of the season.
Out-of-sorts Goddy entertain table-topping Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division reigning champions Norwich United at the David Wilson Homes Ground tomorrow.
The crunch clash comes only a week after they were thumped 5-0 at Kirkley & Pakefield – the heaviest defeat of Clements’ managerial career.
But Rovers are set to receive a timely boost thanks to the return of striker James Hall, who has been away for the club’s last five games. Defender Lloyd Groves is also back from a ban.
Clements admitted: “We had a chat in the dressing room after the game last Saturday and it got reasonably heated.
“I take a lot of the responsibility as the hunger and enthusiasm appears to have gone from the squad in recent weeks. It’s my job to do whatever needs to be done to rejuvenate it.
“We had produced a few indifferent performances and I feared a heavy defeat might be coming, but I didn’t expect us to cave in and lose 5-0.
“It’s time to look each other in the eye and see who really wants to be here and who really is up for the challenge of getting this club promoted.
“Facing the top team in the division might just be the best thing for us in this situation. It’s a big game although it would have been even bigger had our results been better of late.
“Plenty of people will see us as being big underdogs and we need to prove them wrong by coming up with a good response to the defeat last weekend.”
Clements refused to use the fact that wideman Luke Seaber-Shinn was again forced to play in goal as an excuse for the drubbing at Kirkley.
Number one Niall Conroy aggravated his back problem in the warm-up.
Seaber-Shinn had also donned the gloves for an hour during a win over Walsham-le-Willows the previous weekend after Conroy picked up his injury.
Clements now faces a race against time to bring in a recognised goalkeeper to face Norwich.
Third-placed Rovers are 14 points behind the unbeaten leaders, but they’re only a point behind second-placed Felixstowe & Walton.
Jamie Blackwell has left Rovers in recent days. The midfielder scored 11 goals last season but has rarely featured in the current campaign.