Formartine United boss Kris Hunter is looking for a reaction to their battering at Brora when they face Turriff United tonight.
Hunter admits he was upset to see their hopes of Highland League title glory all but killed off by their 5-0 loss up north at the weekend.
He expects better from his men and is confident he will get that when they take on Turra at North Lodge Park.
Hunter accepts Formartine are now rank outsiders in the title race.
But he wants his team to get back to winning form in the lead-up to their clash with Cove Rangers in the Highland League Cup final a week on Saturday.
Hunter, who has recalled defender Scott Henry from his loan spell at Fraserburgh in time to feature tonight, said: “The players have set themselves far higher standards than they showed up at Brora.
“It was our first defeat since October in the league, so I’m not going to go too overboard.
“But I feel I had a right to be upset by the manner we lost the game.
“I’m looking for a stronger start to the match tonight and a better level of performance all round. Having the cup final on the horizon will help.
“The players know they are fighting for the right to play in that game.”