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TOWN entertain Vauxhall Motors tomorrow (3.0) eager to right the wrongs from last weekend’s dismal defeat at Hinckley.

The Shaymen conceded three late goals in Leicestershire as they surrendered a two goal advantage, leaving fans - and boss Neil Aspin - shellshocked.

And the manager is keen that his players learn from the experience, using the disappointment as a driving force as they look to bounce back.

“We can’t just push games aside and forget about them,” said Aspin. “You have to take on board what happened.

“At the same time we cannot dwell on it - there are 34 games to play and we can’t be concentrating on a bad 25 minutes.

“It is my job to lift them and to get a response from them.”

Aspin added that Town’s form this season - two wins in eight games and 13 goals conceded - means the players are under pressure.

“If you want to be at a club with big support you have to handle that,” said Aspin.

“It is great when you are winning but in football you have to deal with the other side of that.

“The players are under pressure and have to respond - that’s what it is all about.

“I am one of the people who receives stick but I would rather it be where I am, than at a place with 250 people watching.”

There will be another four-figure crowd at the Shay tomorrow with all but a handful of fans backing Town.

And Aspin knows that his players have to get the supporters behind them as quickly as possible.

“If you show effort and commitment then the supporters will back you,” he said. “Conceding three goals in 25 minutes looks like the effort and commitment is not there.

“We have to play at a good tempo and work hard and if we do that we will get the supporters on our side.

“The supporters have a part to play as well.

“When you are winning, confidence is high but after a bad result you need a bit of a lift.”

Central defender Gregg Anderson, who suffered a dislocated shoulder in the first half at Hinckley, is definitely ruled out of tomorrow’s game.

But Ryan Toulson (ankle) and Anton Foster (Achilles) both trained this week and are expected to come into contention as Aspin contemplates changes.

James Dean, who missed out at Hinckley last weekend after complaining of a stiff back on the journey down, is also expected to be available again.

And, as far as Aspin is concerned, that is a massive boost for the team.

“I was pleased with the way James Dean trained this week,” he said. “He showed a good attitude.

“We need a fired up and motivated James Dean playing at his best.”

Town are already 17 points behind Blue Square Bet North leaders Hyde who will be bidding for a 10th successive win when they entertain Gainsborough Trinity tomorrow.

Halifax Town (from): Eastwood, Hardy, Lowe, Toulson, McManus, Haggerty, L Hogan, Garner, Baker, Winter, Foster, Needham, Gregory, Dixon, Dean, Holland, S Hogan, Senior.