DURHAM City manager Dickie Ord is demanding a reaction from his players for giving their worst performance of the season against Salford City at New Ferens Park.
The sides meet in the return fixture tomorrow and the former Sunderland defender is anxious to put right what went horribly wrong earlier in the campaign.
He said: “We were dreadful that day and I let the players know after the game, but to be fair they knew how badly they had done.
“Tomorrow gives us a chance to gain revenge and keep alive our chances of qualifying for the (Evo Stik League Division One North) play-offs”.
City were sixth after racking up a fifth win in six games last weekend but are now down to eighth following the midweek programme.
Even so, they are just a couple of points outside the play-offs and Ord believes that six or seven victories in their last eight games will give them a chance.
David Dowson, the former Sunderland Reserve striker is a major doubt. He didn’t travel last Saturday and following further physiotherapy last night will wait until just before kick off before deciding if he can play.
Goalkeeper James Winter is now fully fit and Gary Brown has completed a suspension which means Ord could have a full squad at his disposal.