RUNCORN FC Halton assistant boss Paul Burns says confidence is key this Saturday when beleaguered Linnets entertain Bradford Park Avenue.
The rearranged game at Valerie Park is to kick off at noon to avoid a clash with England's World Cup match.
And the Linnets will be looking to pick up the pieces after defeat by Burscough.
The most worrying aspect on Tuesday was that Runcorn's youngsters allowed their heads to drop after falling behind early in the second half.
And before they knew it, they were out of the game.
Assistant manager Paul Burns said: 'There is no disgrace in getting beaten by Burscough.
'It was just the manner in which we let our heads drop when we went 1-0 down which was disappointing.'
Runcorn's finish to the game only strengthened the belief there is latent ability in the team but they need to start winning .
Burns said: 'Once we get it down and play football we look a good team and as soon as we did that we scored.
'I thought we matched Burscough in the first half. We conceded at a really bad time and I thought the second goal was maybe a couple of yards offside.
'They are probably the best team we've faced but we contributed by making them look good at times.'
New central defensive signing Lee Siadankay did well enough before cramp set in.
Match fitness is also a problem with fellow newcomer Steven Jones, the ex-Stoke City youngster.
The Linnets hope the third new face Thomas Lamb will provide a different option in attack.
Mark Phillips has had surgery on his broken arm but it is too soon to tell for how long he will be out.
Lee Furlong is battling on with a knee injury while Jason Van Blerk has ham-string trouble.
Burns added: 'In the past, the squad has picked itself but now we can make choices.'
Runcorn go to Blyth Spartans next Tuesday (ko 7.45pm) if the County Durham side aren't in FA Cup replay action.