PETER JACKSON was in bounce-back mode today as he recalled leading scorer Jon Stead and set Town a victory target against Yeovil.
The McAlpine manager took his squad south early today for training in Somerset following the 3-1 defeat by Lincoln City at Sincil Bank which ended Town's winning run at five and dropped them to seventh in the table.
Jackson is determined to hit back tomorrow (7.45) in Town's first ever visit to Huish Park, where Yeovil climbed to sixth (two points ahead in the Division III standings) thanks to Gavin Williams' penalty against lowly Darlington.
"We've got an immediate chance to leapfrog Yeovil and get back up the table and the return of Jon Stead after suspension will be a big boost to us," said Jackson, who expects defender Efe Sodje to overcome a knee injury to face Gary Johnson's side.
"Everyone was disappointed to lose against Lincoln on Saturday, especially conceding a couple of awful goals when we've been defending so well throughout the season, but we've been on a terrific run and it's important we don't get down on ourselves just because of one defeat.
"I want to see us pick ourselves up tomorrow night and get something out of the game at Yeovil - preferably three points - because we are capable of going there and getting back to winning ways."
Jackson changed formation to more of a 4-4-2 at Sincil Bank, where Andy Booth put Town ahead before Gary Fletcher, big Marcus Richardson and Simon Yeo were on target in Lincoln's second-half surge to complete an 11-match unbeaten run.
Paul Scott was drafted back into the starting line-up and could keep his place if there are any late problems with Sodje.
Nine-goal Stead will definitely return, however, and Jackson commented:
"We've got a busy spell of games coming up with League matches, the Carling Cup down at Reading and now the LDV up at Carlisle and we'll be going as strongly as we can in all of them.
"Saturday was a setback, but the lads have got their heads up again and we'll be ready to do battle with Yeovil.
"I felt really comfortable going into the second half at Lincoln because they hadn't really threatened us and our formation was working well, but two bad lapses in concentration cost us and then the penalty miss just made you feel it wasn't going to be our day.
"They only got the third because we were pushing men forward and, as I've said to the lads this morning, we live to fight another day. One defeat does not make us a bad side."
Town took 1,704 fans to Sincil Bank in a season-high crowd for the Imps of 5,718.