ALAN Wright has warned he will not accept a repeat of Vics’ performance in a midweek mauling at Kendal when they return to action tomorrow.
Northwich, still second in Evo-Stik NPL after a 4-1 defeat, head to fellow promotion hopefuls Hednesford Town hoping to bounce back quickly.
“If the lads aren’t motivated for a game like this one then they shouldn’t be playing at all,” he said.
“Tuesday was a night to forget for us; we simply never started and were poor all over the pitch.
“Martin [Foyle] and I learned a lot though; quite often you do in defeat.”
Vics trailed 3-0 inside a quarter hour in Cumbria, a position from which they never looked likely to recover.
They meet Hednesford for the first time this term – the original meeting in January was postponed – with the points gap to leaders Chester in double figures following their 4-0 win against Burscough on Wednesday.
Wright, who initially arrived in Northwich as number two to Paul Simpson following Andy Preece’s departure in January, expects a swifter start from Vics at Keys Park.
He said: “Tuesday’s game was lost after a quarter hour.
“The players looked lethargic and weren’t switched on. It was very frustrating, but hopefully a night we can put behind us.
“We had a spell at the start of the second half where things had started to look better but then they scored a fourth goal which was a sucker punch for us.
“Everybody was despondent afterwards, but the players want to take on board what we expect of them and improve.
“We’ve talked about individuals and what we thought of their performance.
“It’s important to rectify what went wrong.
“The positives were few, but we’ve worked in training on those things that need to be put right.”
Wright and Foyle hope to call upon fit-again front man Chris Budrys, who has sat out the past two matches with a thigh injury, but attacker Jordan Johnson (groin) continues to convalesce.