Goalkeeper Trevor Carson says the Shrimps must take Tuesday’s second half performance against Lincoln City into Saturday’s game.
The Imps found themselves two goals up after 19 minutes courtesy of Morgan Whittaker’s close-range effort on 10 minutes before Cohen Bramall doubled the hosts’ advantage nine minutes later.
Toumani Diagouraga’s excellent 56th minute volley proved to be a consolation as Stephen Robinson’s men failed to find an equaliser, and Carson says the Shrimps must take the second half performance forward into Saturday’s home game against Gillingham.
“The reaction second half was good, we’ve got to take that into Saturday and learn from it,” he said.
“Once Toums scored, I felt it was only a matter of time, I was thinking we’d get the equaliser before 75/80 [minutes] and then we’d go on and win the game, I wasn’t even thinking about a draw.
“It was certainly not for a lack of trying from the boys, in terms of effort and work rate, desire to want to get a result, I think you saw that in bucket loads.
“A guilt edge chance through Jonah [Ayunga], to be fair to their goalie, he’s made a great recovery save but you’ve got to take those chances when you’re down the bottom, it’s a completely different atmosphere after, I think we go on and win the game.”
Despite the disappointment of leaving Lincolnshire empty handed, the 33-year-old has called upon his teammates to go again on Saturday.
Carson continued: “We’ve just got to dust ourselves down, it’s been a harsh lesson, everyone is gutted in there, we knew how big the game was tonight.
“It only makes Saturday [against Gillingham] a bigger game and, without putting too much pressure on ourselves, we all know it’s a massive game.
“Hopefully we’ve showed, I think, we’ve been decent at home this season, we’ve got to be disappointed, learn from our mistakes and come out hungry and fighting, and hopefully get a massive reaction on Saturday.”