Bryan Hughes demanded his Wrexham players learn from the mistakes made in the home defeat against Barrow as he called on them to bounce back against Maidstone.
The second of back-to-back home matches sees the Dragons looking to return to winning ways after defeat at Leyton Orient on Saturday and the loss to Barrow on Tuesday night.
Hughes admitted the performance against Barrow fell well below the standards expected and wants to see a positive response from his players at the weekend.
“There’s a chance to bounce back quickly,” he said. “We failed to do that against Barrow, but we have to go again. We can’t dwell on it.
“What happened has obviously hurt everyone, and nobody saw it coming, but it did come, and we have to react now and get the performance ready for Saturday.
“I’ve said all along, it’s not about what other teams do. It’s about what we do. That’s going to be imperative on Saturday. It’s about us.
“Against Barrow we didn’t do it well enough. We didn’t pass the ball well enough. Our decision making at times wasn’t good enough. All those factors add up and we get a frustrating performance.
“We can’t allow that to happen against Maidstone. We’ve got to be on song, we’ve got to play with an intensity – whether that’s running with or without the ball.”
Hughes admitted he could understand why the defeats – after Wrexham went into the previous weekend top of the league – have led to fears of a repeat of the disappointing end to last season.
But the manager insists he remains confident in the players, and in his own ability to ensure heads do not drop after the two losses.
“People are going to have reservations after what happened last year. It will still be fresh in people’s memories. I’m not going to let that happen, it’s my job now to galvanise the team,” he said.
“I don’t want people feeling sorry for themselves and getting into a rut. It’s about getting the players spirits up now and getting them up for the game against Maidstone, which I’m sure they will be.
“I’m sure they’re going to want to put all the wrongs right but Maidstone are going to be a different test. They’re not going to let us walk all over them.
“Our attitude and our application has to be right from the start and I think against Barrow, it wasn’t. We’ll make sure we stamp that out and go again looking ahead to Maidstone.”