WREXHAM tonight have an opportunity to put their Adams Park nightmare behind them as they take on Hull City in the Worthington Cup at The Racecourse.
Brian Flynn's side were 4-0 down inside half-an-hour at Wycombe Wanderers, eventually losing 5-2, and have now conceded eight goals in the first two league games.
"We'll have to go back to basics in terms of defending," said Flynn. "We've got to stop the opposition playing and make certain we keep things tight early on and build from that.
"It was a heavy defeat for us at Wycombe but we've got the chance to bounce back from that against Hull.
"Collectively we've got to work harder and better. It's difficult when you're losing comfortably away from home.
"At half-time we were four goals down and you can only hope the play-ers improve in the second half," he added.
"I had my say in the dressing room and the players had their say, which is important."
Flynn's already modest squad of 20 could be further stretched by the loss of central defender Denis Lawrence who suffered an ankle injury at Wycombe.
With striker Lee Trundle still suspended and Flynn unable to bring in loan players, let along buy players, because of the tight budget at The Race-course, there is very little the former Wales international can do to change things on the park.
However, he is hopeful attacking midfielder Kevin Russell, who has been sidelined with a knee injury, will be fit to face Brian Little's Tigers.
"That's how it is and we have to deal with it," said the philosophic Robins manager about the squad situation.
"I am certain that I've got a good bunch of lads. They're honest and they'll bounce back."
Wrexham's opponents spent £800,000 on 13 new players during the summer - including nearly £300,000 on Leicester striker Lawrie Dudfield - so this cup-tie is very much a case of the haves against the have-nots, despite Hull's status as a Third Division club
"It's going to be a very difficult game because Wrexham have an excellent record in the cup," said Little. I'm not going to treat it as an experiment - we're taking it deadly serious.
"It's important we get a good result after Saturday (Hull drew 0-0 at home to Plymouth). I think this will be an open game because Wrexham like to play football."
Wrexham's match against Reading at the Madejski Stadium next Tuesday has been postponed because of international call-ups.