Manager Paul Cox has hinted that he could make changes to his starting line-up for tomorrow’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Second Round match with Chesterfield.
Our team, who defeated The Spireites at the Proact Stadium just nine days ago, slipped to fifth position in Sky Bet League Two, following a 4-1 loss to Hartlepool United on Saturday.
Cox said: “The game tomorrow is an opportunity for me to give one or two players some game-time, so they can put themselves in the shop window for our next match.
“It’ll be a good game for whoever plays, but I’ve not made my mind up yet. The team might need freshening up a little bit, but not wholesale changes.
“I’d like to give one or two players who have been ‘champing at the bit’ some game-time, and give those players, who have had 10 tough games, a breather.
“The game is a local derby in a cup competition, and I’m not a manager that will put out a weakened team. It’s a football match and we want to win it.”
Our boss also stated that he wants our players to learn from Saturday’s defeat to Hartlepool, which was our first at One Call Stadium since January.
“I don’t just want a response. I want us to learn from what happened,” continued Cox.
“I think sub-consciousness is a powerful tool. We didn’t deliberately go out to take our foot off the pedal, but it’s those games where I want the boys to really turn the screw.
“I don’t think we turned up in a physical or technical way on Saturday.”
He added: “The match at Chesterfield took a lot out of both sets of players and sometimes, its human nature that players need a little bit of time to recover.
“You always hurt when you lose matches, but there isn’t any panic. Good players don’t become bad players and we’ve put it down to a bad day at the office.”
Apart from Chris Clements, who is sidelined with a knee injury, our boss has a full squad available for selection – including centre-back Martin Riley, who has now completed a three-match ban.
Paul Cox's full pre-match interview can be heard on Stags Player.