NATHAN CLARKE will bounce back from his Trophy nightmare to help push Town up the League I standings.
That's the confident prediction of manager Peter Jackson, who revealed Clarke (pictured) was "extremely upset" by stick from the Galpharm crowd as Town crashed out to Doncaster Rovers.
The Johnstone's Paint-bawling came after an error from the 22-year-old centre-back - who has missed only two starts all season - was punished by an 87th-minute Doncaster winner.
Jackson said: "I had a chat with Nathan one-to-one after the game about what happened and I'll have another talk with him today.
"Obviously he was aware of the criticism he was getting after the mistake and it wasn't very pleasant for him.
"In fact, he was extremely upset because he's a Town fan himself, he's been at the club since he was 10 years old and he took the booing very much to heart.
"The key thing now is how he responds - and hopefully he will bounce back."
Jackson would give no indication as to whether he's planning changes for Saturday's trip to Port Vale, when Town are looking to extend their unbeaten League run to six matches.
"I thought Nathan was a bit in and out at the start of the season, but in the League he's been starting to get back to his best," added Jackson, who was today waiting for a fitness update on ankle-injury victim Andy Holdsworth.
"Nathan is very disappointed about what happened near the end of the tie, as we all are because we wanted a good run.