Wisbech Town manager Brett Whaley wants a response from his players ahead of their match against Cambridge City
Wisbech Town boss Brett Whaley has issued a rallying call to his players ahead of a run of three games in six days.
The Fenmen are due to travel to face Cambridge City tomorrow (Wednesday) in Northern Premier League Division One Midlands action off the back of a disappointing FA Cup exit to Baldock Town.
They will then host Shepshed Dynamo this Saturday and Loughborough Dynamo next Tuesday, and Whaley wants his side to bounce back.
"We need to get away from this whole thing of having one good game, then a bad game and then needing a reaction again," he told The Citizen.
"We need to get into a situation where it’s every week that we produce and yes, I need a reaction."
However, Whaley says the game against Cambridge will be far from routine - despite them being one of only two sides lower than The Fenmen in the league table.
"On paper it looks like a winnable game, but the fact is that Cambridge are in a really false position," he said.
"I don’t see them being down there all season, they’ve got good players and they’ve just had a rocky start.
"It will be a tough game to go away there. They would have hoped to be nearer the top of the league and they’ve just had a bad start.
"We need a performance. We’d love to get some points on the board because it would obviously keep them behind us.
"Every point this season will be extremely valuable."
Whaley was disappointed with both the 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Baldock and the way it came about.
"It was a poor performance to be honest," he said.
"There were certain things that contributed to that. We only had 12 available players, as with it being the FA Cup we couldn’t play our loan players as they were cup tied.
"We were very limited with what we could do. We had a couple of loans in from Parson Drove, but it wasn’t ideal going into the game with such short numbers.
"There were some circumstances to deal with, but the performance was way short of what we expect and what we’ve been putting into previous games.
"We looked quite flat early on. Whenever you go into a cup tie against a side from a level below, you know they’re going to come out the blocks quite fast and you have to match that.
"We never got going until half-time. There’s no excuse for that, because it’s the FA Cup. You have to be up for it, you have to be ready for it.
"I just thought we weren’t quick enough out of the blocks and we gave them the initiative. And obviously once they had something to defend, they got behind the ball and made it very difficult for us."
With games coming thick and fast, the Wisbech boss is expecting some tough fixtures.
"The problem with three games in six days is, with so many injuries and illnesses, we’re not getting those players back quick enough," he said.
"We’re nowhere near full strength yet, and we won’t be during those games. So we know that’s difficult.
"We want the same players out every week. Hopefully after this run of games, hopefully we can start to get them back and get some continuity. For now, we have to do what we can to get as many points as we can."
Wisbech Town vs Baldock Town: Congreve, Williams, Marshall, Jackson, Fairweather, McLeish, Draper, Maddison, Vieira, Allen, Gow (Substitutes: McQuaid, Lewis, Edge)