AFC Fylde: Dave Challinor wants team to show “steely determination” after heavy Barnet defeat

Fylde's home ground - Mill Farm (Credit: Bill Bodean, Geograph)

AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor says he wants his side to show resilience and character to bounce back from a 4-0 home defeat to Barnet.

The Coasters, who sit in 18th place in the National League, have 16 points from their opening 14 games, and face a trip to Torquay on Saturday.

Last season’s losing play-off finalists haven’t yet hit the heights of the previous campaign’s successes this term.

They recently recorded back-to-back home wins against Eastleigh and Wrexham but they then tasted defeat at recently relegated Notts County and then the Bees in midweek.

And Challinor is keen to see his side bounce back quickly.

Following the Barnet defeat, Challinor told the club’s website: “We are disappointed, upset and embarrassed about tonight but we can’t affect that now unfortunately.

“We’ve got to be really positive, make sure we’re back on the training ground and ultimately we’ve then got to go and dig in and hopefully win the game on Saturday.

“We’re more than capable but we need to get back to basics, simplify things and show some resilience and character to try and get us out of this run.”

Tomorrow’s opponents Torquay sit in 11th place, just three points above Challinor’s side.

The Gulls, however, go into the game with momentum after a crushing 4-0 win away at Stockport last weekend.

And Challinor, who has been in charge of Fylde since 2011, said: “We’ve got to not be concerned with what we’re against.

“(Torquay) is a tough game, it’s a tough place to go and we’re playing against a team who have started the season well.

“But it’s about us sorting us out and showing the personality and character to roll our sleeves up, simplify what we’re doing and grind down results.”

As Challinor states, there have been plenty of good times for Fylde in recent years.

He has presided over three promotions since he took charge eight years ago, and was one play off final – an eventual 3-0 defeat to Salford City – from promotion to the Football League last term.

Fylde were beaten by Salford City in last season’s play off final – Salford were managed by Graham Alexander (above) (Credit: Mattythewhite, Wikimedia Commons)

The 44-year-old added: “It’s not something we’re used to having to do but we’ve got to do it. That starts with the character you have within the dressing room, to come in and train, and to show a steely determination that we’re not going to accept what’s happening.

“The second half (on Wednesday) was the first time I had concern over what I saw – we had enough on the pitch in terms of experience in this level and above to rise above that and show a bit about us and we didn’t.

“We’ve got to get over it and quickly, and we’ve got to build the players back up now, get back to basics and show some guts and some pride.

“We need to simplify what we’re doing and show some resilience and personality traits that you should have but at times, especially when you’re winning, you don’t need to show them.”