Dennis Greene is planning on calling his Boston United squad in for training on New Year’s Day - desperate to avoid a repeat of Boxing Day’s 3-0 defeat at Lowestoft.
The Pilgrims will host the Trawlerboys in the return match on Saturday (KO 3pm), with the memory of that below-par loss still fresh in the mind.
Greene said he was ‘disgusted’ by his side’s performance on that day, the manager also suggesting members of his team may have over-indulged over the festive period.
And with that in mind, he has threatened to call additional training on Friday.
“The worrying thing is that we’ve got New Year’s Eve to contend with,” Greene said.
“I think there’s a good chance I’m going to bring them in on New Year’s Day.
“The bottom line is they’ve got to come in maybe 10am on that day.
“That will obviously make them think about what they’re doing on New Year’s Eve.
“After last week I can’t leave anything to chance, it’s a massive three points (up for grabs) and you’ll think twice about coming in at 3am or 4am if you’ve got to be up at 8am.”
Scott Garner said the players are happy to put in an additional shift, but the Pilgrims skipper put Boxing Day’s defeat down to a freakishly poor display from players all over the park.
Speaking after Monday’s much-improved 1-0 victory over Gainsborough Trinity, he said: “We had that game at Worcester (a 2-1 defeat) and it was a similar game to that.
“The lads aren’t silly, they’ve not been out doing silly things.
“It just happened, it was a long trip away. The first goal went their way and that was important.
“We’re looking forward to Lowestoft coming here, we had a bad result and can put that right.”
The Pilgrims hope to welcome left back Dylan McEvoy back from injury for the contest, but leading scorer Dayle Southwell and defender Richard Jones will remain sidelined.