SWINDON Supermarine manager Dave Webb has said that his players ought not need motivating ahead of their weekend trip to AFC Totton, with their 6-1 thumping at the hands of the same opponents still fresh in their minds.
The two teams meet in the FA Cup first qualifying round tomorrow, less than a month after Marine were thrashed in a Southern League Division One South & West clash at the Testwood Stadium.
Webb’s men had recovered well after that debacle, winning three matches in succession prior to their home defeat to Larkhall on Tuesday night, and the Marine boss is confident the urge to exercise revenge will be all his team needs to ensure a good performance in Hampshire.
“We’ve had good momentum in the last three games and we wanted to take that into Totton. We’ve had a heavy defeat at Totton this season and I wanted to take good form into that game," he told Link Sport.
“I think Saturday will take care of itself. If they’ve got any character at all, which I know they have, they’ll pick themselves up for Saturday.
“When a team has done what they did to us earlier in the season they shouldn’t need any motivating at all. They should motivate themselves.
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up and go there and put in a much improved performance from the one a few weeks back and try to get back to what we did in the first half (against Larkhall).
“They’re a good side, don’t get me wrong, I’m not underestimating them at all, but there were reasons why we conceded goals. We’ve put that right, hopefully, but we have to do better."
Kyle Lapham is a doubt with a sore hamstring, while Luke Hopper will be assessed ahead of the game, as he continues to nurse a minor groin issue. Dave Bampton is available for selection and could return to the Marine defence but new signing Luke Abrahart is absent.