JOHN Brough and his Cinderford Town side were left feeling down following their opening-day 1-0 defeat at Yate Town.
Brough felt his side did enough to win the Southern League Division One South and West game after dominating the first 30 minute but good goalkeeping from Bluebells keeper Martin Horsell denied them a goal.
Cinderford host Mangotsfield United on Tuesday night and Brough is wary of facing a wounding animal after the Mangos were beaten 6-2 by North Leigh on Saturday.
“We were very, very disappointed to come out of the Yate game without a win,” Brough said.
“We thought we definitely played well enough to win it but not taking our early chances has cost us.”
“Mangotsfield be hurting after that defeat like we were after ours.
“They will be out for revenge and the result won’t probably have reflected on how the game played out, it will not be an easy game.”
Midfielder Jacob Morgan is still a week away from action and defender Ryan Paddock is away for the week but Cinderford have no new concerns ahead of their game.
“The squad is raring to go after the defeat, it’s important to get points on the board as soon as possible to try and build momentum,” Brough said.
“Even if Mangotsfield had won 6-2, they’d still come out with the same tactics and we have to be wary of that.”
After finishing 15th last season, Brough is keen to see improvements from his players to try and better that position and even push for promotion.
Although Brough isn’t currently looking for any new players, that situation could change if the squad gets anymore injuries.
Brough wants improvements from last season but the most important thing is to see progression and that the squad learns from last year’s mistakes.
He said: “I’m happy with what I’ve got but that could change.
“If we play like we did against Yate for the rest of the season we’ll start winning games.
“I know this team has a lot of scoring potential and I know we can start scoring goals, we have to start taking our chances.
“Even though 15th was a long way from promotion, the squad could push for that this season. It’s a young and hungry squad which also has a lot to learn, but if we play like we did against Yate we will definitely improve on 15th.”