Martin McIntosh says he wants to see a big reaction from his Buxton players when they host Barwell this weekend after what he described as an ‘off day’ in the FA Cup.
The Bucks were beaten 3-0 by Evo-Stik Division One South high-flyers Witton Albion on Saturday to exit the competition at the first hurdle, Albion maintaining their 100 per cent start to the season in the process.
And whilst McIntosh was quick to acknowledge that his players had been outstanding in the run-up to their FA Cup loss, he was still left bitterly disappointed by the defeat.
He said: “It wasn’t a good display by any means and was the worst we’ve performed all season.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Witton at all because they were excellent and in my opinion are great bets for promotion if they continue playing as they have been.
“They have a lot of experienced players in there and have won all their games so far so we knew very well beforehand that it would be difficult, and the fact they played so well being combined with us being so poor was a lethal mix as you’d expect.
“From our point of view, and as a group including myself, nobody performed on the day and collectively we share the hurt and disappointment.
“In context, it’s one bad display out of seven games so far. It’s just unfortunate that it’s happened in an important comptition, particularly on a financial level.
“We all know we had an off day and the players have acknowledged that fully. We’re bound to have more of those before the end of the season but now what I expect is for a strong reaction in the upcoming games, starting with Barwell at the weekend.”
Barwell have had a mixed start to the league campaign, winning two, drawing two and losing two of their opening six games.
But with them being consistent performers in the Northern Premier League in recent seasons, McIntosh knows what to expect.
He said: “Jimmy Ginelly always has a well organised team and they’re always up in the top half of the table by the end.
“That being said, nobody is going to relish coming to us at the moment.
“We have won all of the games we’ve played at the Silverlands so far and clearly we want to keep that form going.
“It’s important we get the FA Cup defeat out of our system quickly. It’s one defeat and the players haven’t suddenly become bad players, so I don’t foresee having to make too many changes.”
Meanwhile, with a free date having now arisen due to Buxton not being involved in the FA Cup on September 17, McIntosh expects another league fixture to be brought forward in its place.
No confirmation of any re,scheduled match had been made before the Advertiser went to press.