CHRIS HARDY: We need to bounce back against Bamber
Saturday was up there with our worst performances of the season to date.
The scoreline somewhat flattered us, it could have been a much wider margin on the day.
Stalybridge seemed to be making right decisions all over the park, whereas we just couldn’t get going.
The day I have to question one of my teams for workrate and endeavour will be a sad day for me, and luckily this wasn’t one of those occasions.
We need to improve a hell of a lot from Saturday’s performance if we’re going to get out of this poor run of form and get anything out of our home game against Bamber Bridge.
s it a game that represents a great chance of picking up points? Absolutely, yes.
But it isn’t a gimme, it won’t be straightforward and we will really need to up our performance levels.
One thing is clear and evident at the moment - we are really hamstrung by our injury problems.
Brad Fewster has been down at St George’s Park this weekend as he continues his rehabilitation and hopefully between Christmas and New Year we’ll see him back out there.
Dale Hopson is moving around, jogging and doing some unopposed work as he steps up his return from medial ligament damage.
Once he declares himself fit again I imagine he’ll slot straight back in given his importance to this side.
Greg Rutherford may train with the group on Thursday and we’ll take it from there with him.
Corey Roper returns for Saturday’s game and I hope to have Matty Tymon back available after concussion.
Cal Patton is out on loan at North Shields and got his first 20 minutes under his belt on Saturday - going on to bag the winner, so he’ll hopefully return in January.