REASSURING Mikey Harris insists there’s no need to panic after his side were outthought by explosive FC Halifax Town on Tuesday night.
Flooding five goals meant Salisbury City had nothing to show for their lengthy trip to West Yorskhire, at the second time of asking, and gave their play-off hopes another unwanted stir.
“It was one of those nights where everything which could have gone wrong went wrong,” reflected Harris, pictured.
“Once we conceded the early goal we were on the back foot and conceded another one quickly.
One team took their chances and the other didn’t.
“The goals we let in, from our point of view, were preventable.
“I can’t say we deserved to get something from the game, being honest we looked like we were lacking confidence and belief, which surprises me on the back of Saturday’s 2-1 win.”
In two days time City play host to title-chasing Alfreton Town, currently sitting in third place, and Harris says his team need to “look at themselves” before then.
“I’ve never been one to make excuses. The preparation was right for Halifax so there wasn’t a case of fatigue.
“Obviously, it’s a long journey and their management team are aware of how that can affect opposing teams’ performances, as it is in the reverse for us.
“As a group, we need to be realistic and take a long, hard look at ourselves. All you can do is reflect and improve.
“Alfreton have had a great season, winning 17 games, and are a strong outfit. We need to be on the top of our game and hopefully we can come away with a result.”
James Clarke is doubtful for Saturday, after picking up an injury, and Theo Lewis is ruled out through suspension. But Harris won’t be irrationally rotating his team for the sake of it. He added: “There will be some reinforced changes, I’m sure, with injuries and suspensions, but I’m not going to make too many decisions right now.
"I certainly don’t think it’s time to panic. On paper, the scoreline will look like a disaster but we conceivably could have scored five goals.”