TOM Wade has told his Blyth Spartans players to get over their first bad spell under his management, and make amends against Ilkeston.
The Croft Park outfit lost 2-0 at Ashton United on Wednesday, the second half their first poor performance since Wade replaced Paddy Atkinson.
They travel to Ilkeston today 15th in Evo-Stik Premier, and Wade is keen to oversee a return to form.
“It’s a good game for us but it won’t be easy,” said Wade. “We beat them at our place but they were very unlucky, there was a very debatable penalty.
“So they’ll be right up for it, they’ll want to right that wrong. They’re a good team who play good football, so we’ll have to match their work-rate and endeavour then apply a bit of quality.
“We’ve managed to do that over the last few weeks, but Wednesday was a bit different. We played well in the first half and looked quite comfortable. But we were poor in the second half, we just didn’t come out after half-time.
“It’s hard when lads are leaving work at 4.30pm, then travelling on a long journey.
“You don’t have the time you’d like to prepare properly. But the more frustrating thing is that we started well but didn’t carry it through.
“You can understand that but you can’t accept it. The lads were very disappointed, it’s probably the only bad 45 we’ve had in the four games since I took over.
“So there’s a feeling that we want to put that right, but we’ll have to be on top of our game if we’re going to go to Ilkeston and get something.”
Wade has a full squad to select from, and has been boosted by the arrival on loan of Ryan McGorrigan.
The former Newcastle United youth star joined the club earlier in the season following his release by Gateshead, and scored seven goals in 15 appearances.
He subsequently rejoined the Tynesiders but has struggled to make an impact, and has signed for Spartans on a one-month loan.
“It’s a good signing for us, Ryan’s really up for it,” said Wade. “He left us to go back into full-time football, which I totally understand. I don’t think it’s worked out as well as he’d have liked, so hopefully he’ll come here, get some games and score some goals.”