Town face a tough trip to Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night (7:45pm) as they look to bounce back from defeat at the weekend.
The Mariners went down 4-1 to Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon and have the chance to get that result out of their systems quickly, but boss Russell Slade will know that it will take an improved performance if they are to pick up all three points against a side that have started the season extremely well.
Changes to be made from Tuesday
Boss Russell Slade has confirmed that he will make several changes to the side that played at Mansfield, whilst Zak Mills is a fresh injury concern for Town after he came off, and he is ruled as a major doubt for the trip to the Wham Stadium.
Town have received a boost with the news that Akwasi Asante is back in training, which means that Jamey Osborne is the only long term absentee.
Former Town loanee Kayden Jackson has made a good start for the home side and could play against his former club, along with former midfielder Scott Brown. Stanley will be midfielder without Mekhi McLeod, who will serve the final game of a three match suspension, whilst goalkeeper Max Stryjek and defender Ben Richards-Everton will also miss out through injury.
Stanley aiming for promotion
Accrington have begun the season in fine form and John Coleman's side have made no secret of the fact that promotion is the aim after a mid-table finish last campaign.
Coleman's men are currently second in the league ahead of the fixture with four wins from their six games so far and have won all three games at home so far, the last of those being the 3-0 victory over Carlisle United at the weekend, where a Billy Kee strike and a Sean McConville brace were enough to pick up a convincing win.
Boss Coleman was in charge originally at Accrington between 1999 and 2012, leading them from non-league into an established EFL side before returning for for a second spell in 2012 and he has slowly built an impressive side each season since then.
Coleman described forward Billy Kee as ''the best striker in the league'' earlier in the week, and he has already scored five goals this campaign to make his record 34 goals in 82 league games since joining in the summer of 2015. He looks to be forming a potent partnership with Kayden Jackson, whilst defender Mark Hughes and midfielder Sean McConville add some experience to what is quite a young side on paper.
A win and a draw last campaign
The two sides met twice last season, with the first meeting on Boxing Day seeing Town come away with a 2-0 win at Blundell Park thanks to goals from Tom Bolarinwa and Ashley Chambers to end three straight defeats.
The reverse fixture came at the Wham Stadium in March when Akwasi Asante struck with 20 minutes remaining but the Mariners were denied all three points when Shay McCartan scored a late free-kick with just a minute of normal time remaining in a 1-1 draw.
The two sides have only ever met on nine occasions, with Accrington winning five, Town winning three and the sides sharing the spoils twice.
Managers in summary
Russell Slade: ''It’s about reaction, reaction to the inconsistency that we’ve shown so far this season. It has to be a positive one, even though it can be more difficult. I don’t think anyone will be wanting to go to Accrington Stanley on a Tuesday night. But that’s the test and we’ve got to embrace that, we’ve got to be ready for that challenge.”
John Coleman: ''We won’t be resting any players. We have spoken about getting a winning environment together within our side. We have to make sure that we look after ourselves and that everybody else gets looked after too. Promotion has been our goal since we walked onto the ground for our very first game in pre-season and it hasn’t changed now. Promotion is our aim.”