Tom Wade insists his “young, naive, inexperienced” Blyth Spartans side will bounce back from Saturday’s FA Trophy exit.
The Blyth boss accepts under-par performances, the like of which his team produced against Evo-Stik North outfit Ramsbottom United, remain “part of the learning curve” at Croft Park.
After a “flat-footed” display, he is considering freshening up his attack for the visit, tonight, of Droylsden, who prop up Evo-Stik Premier.
With Sonny Andrews due a rest and Ash Davis yet to return following appendix surgery, Wade will assess Arran Wearmouth’s fitness before kick-off.
But whoever he opts for across the pitch, the Spartans manager is confident his young side will be back to their best before long.
“We will probably do something different with the team,” said Wade.
“We certainly need more support for Sonny (Andrews) up front. He may need a rest.
“The lad said he was tired and that’s not unexpected with having played three massive games recently, after being out of the game for two months or so.
“Ash Davis would have made a big difference for us on Saturday.
“He may be available next Saturday after recovering from his appendix operation.”
Reflecting on Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Croft Park, Wade added: “We didn’t play well, that happens and we will learn from it.
“It’s part of the learning curve the young players are going through. We looked a young, naive inexperienced side – which is what we are.
“It has to be said, as well, that Ramsbottom were the better side, full of well-organised, experienced players, simple as that.
“They were miles better than some of the sides we play at our level, and deserved to win.
“Their manager (Anthony Johnson) said after the game that we were the best side they had played this season, which is a massive compliment to the lads.
“We played well last Tuesday so we kept the same side, and we knew that they often score a goal or more in the opening 10 or 15 minutes, so we planned to be solid and sit back a little at the start, and we did that well.
“We started to play a bit after the sending-off for Ramsbottom (Phil Dean) and were able to push on but, to be honest, we were flat-footed up front and were just having to react to scraps.
“We will bounce back, I’m sure.”