Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock believes any disappointment about a poor week for the Dolly Blues reflects how high expectations are at Giant Axe.
The former Newcastle United and Blackburn defender saw his side slip to two defeats in four days at Mossley - exiting the FA Trophy on Saturday and losing 2-1 in the league on Tuesday night.
But the head coach knows his side are still at the sharp end in the league as they sit sixth in the Evo-Stik First Division North with games in hand on all but one of the sides above them.
Peacock said: “We’re disappointed with the last week because we’ve set a high standard so far this season.
“We had a very good start to the season so the expectation is there and we have to live up to it.
“It was three points dropped on Tuesday night without a doubt.
“We’re disappointed but by no means down as there’s still lots and lots to play for.
“Saturday’s defeat means we’re out of both money-spinning cups but we’re still in a couple of others and well placed in the league going forward.”
What the brace of reverses at Seel Park did show according to the head coach, was that as good as the start has been, there is still lots of hard work ahead of the training pitch.
Peacock said: “We’re creating chances like we have done all season but at the moment we aren’t keeping things tight at the back like we have been doing, so there’s plenty of work to be done at both ends of the field.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I think we should have won every single game so far this season on chances created apart from the Spennymoor game.
“It’s a team game, a squad game and the chances fall to players throughout the team, not just the strikers and midfielders.
“It’s important because goals give you a foothold in the game. In the last two games we’ve had enough chances to win four games.”
City get the chance to bounce back on Saturday against league big boys Darlington 1883.
Currently third in the table, the reformed club are expected to bring a strong away following to North Lancashire meaning there should be a bumper crowd at Giant Axe - something Peacock is relishing.
He said: “We want to play in front of big gates.
“It should be a positive thing for the players. They way I look at it they’ve got to think that so many people are coming to watch them play football.
“I’m really looking forward to it, I can’t wait.
“They will have watched us and we’ve had a look at them and it should be a good game.
“It’s a good chance for us to get back on track.”