Bamber Bridge FC boss Neil Crowe believes Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Salford City was just the wake-up call his side needed.
The QED Stadium side were on a high after winning their opening two fixtures against Cammell Laird and Clitheroe but were brought back down to earth with a bump.
Crowe said: “The players must realise they have got to earn the right to win games and not just turn up and expect it to happen.
“It was a really disappointing result on Saturday and to be fair to Salford they played some good football and we did not perform.
“We don’t want to make excuses but I had two or three lads missing such as Alex Porter, Matty Jones and Stuart Howson. We were 1-0 down with 10 minutes to go and then they scored two late goals because our captain Michael White got an ankle injury.
“We held a training session on Monday night to discuss the best way forward but now we have to get back to winning ways again.”
Crowe was expected to have striker Ryan Salmon and Matty Jones back in the ranks for tonight’s trip to Witton Albion and away to visitors Woodley Sports on Saturday.
He said: “Stuart Howson will be back from holiday later this week while Alex Porter continues to make good progress.
“Michael (White) was going to speak to the physiotherapist on Monday to see how bad the damage is.”