Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is looking for more of the same from his side on Saturday despite slipping to defeat at Farsley last time out.
The Dolly Blues lost the battle of fourth against fifth 2-1 having gone ahead but the head coach was pleased with what he saw.
And Peacock is confident a similar display will sees his side rewarded when they travel to Cammell Laird on Saturday.
He said: “I think it (Farsley) was a chance missed.
“We’re extremely disappointed with the result because that’s what counts but it was a decent performance.
“We’re looking for the same on Saturday and hopefully we can come away with the three points.
“There weren’t many chances and we needed the rub of the green on Saturday and didn’t get it.
“But we’re not despondent and we’re looking forward to the busy Christmas period starting this weekend.”
In terms of bad luck, Peacock was in part referring to the penalty decision that went against Gavin Clark, a spot kick that was converted to level the game up at 1-1 before Farsley went on to win with a late Aiden Savory header.
The head coach said: “There were things we could have done before the penalty decision but the decision itself was unfortunate for Gavin.
“His kept his hands down by his side and the ball has just jumped up.
“We’ve had something like three penalties in that same penalty box on our last three visits.
“But sometimes you’ve got to make your own luck and hopefully we’ll get some on Saturday.”
Mark Jackson and Ryan Winder are both suspended for the trip to Merseyside with Neil Marshall continuing on his recovery from groin surgery.
The club captain could return to light training within the next week with a view to a Christmas return.
Peacock admits the absences will hit is squad but is confident of a positive result.
He said: “They (Cammell Laird) may be down in 15th but if you look at their results they’ve beaten teams we’ve lost to so we’re taking nothing for granted.
“A couple of suspensions does make a difference to a small squad but if we take the right attitude into the game and pull together I’m confident of getting the three points.”
* The Dolly Blues are running a supporters’ coach to Cammell Laird this Saturday, December 7.
The coach will be leaving Giant Axe at 11.45am with a pick-up at the Holiday Inn on Caton Road at noon.
The fare is £10. Visit the club office or call 01524 382238 to book.
* City’s reserve side are at home to Curzon Ashton at Giant Axe tonight, Thursday, in a 7.45pm kick-off.