Manager Pat Rayment has demanded “a big response” from Spalding United’s squad on Saturday.
He was furious over a poor performance which saw the Tulips crash out of the FA Cup last weekend at Norton United – just a few days after scoring six goals away to league leaders Loughborough Dynamo.
Spalding head to Sheffield – the world’s oldest club – on Saturday in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.
Rayment said: “We will be looking for a big response as those players owe the club.
“We were on top of the world and it looked like we had kick-started the season.
“But then we got knocked back down again by losing in the cup.
“We are champing at the bit and we can’t get another game quickly enough to get that defeat out of our system.
“I was more upset than anything else because I just didn’t see that coming.
“I couldn’t believe the way we played. Norton had a work ethic and we looked like 11 players thrown together. It was shocking.
“We deserved what we got because they worked harder than us.
“The biggest regret is we didn’t have a midweek game for the backlash from how we went out of the FA Cup.
“But all that has gone now and we have got to look forward to our league games.”
Striker Ryan Oliver – who was cup-tied – will be back in the Tulips squad on Saturday.
Luke Thurlbourne is set to be ruled out for another three weeks with an ankle injury.
Spalding have released right-back Peter Bore and forward Ash Burbeary while Rayment has set his sights on two new signings.