Richie McLoughlin admits the odds are stacked against his Jarrow Roofing side as they prepare to make the trip to North Shields tonight.
The original fixture against the high-flyers from North Tyneside was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the Daren Persson Stadium.
Roofing supremo McLoughlin, who saw his side crash to a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle Benfield last time out, as Dan Kirkup and Alex White both saw red, insists the Roofers will ‘have their work cut out’.
He said: “We need to be more physical, more aggressive and start putting opposition defences under pressure.
“We didn’t do that enough on Saturday and we got punished for it in the end.
“North Shields are a very good side who can score for fun on their day, so we need to keep it tight at the back and ensure when chances come our way we are ready to make the most of them.”
If the South Tynesiders are to stand a chance of winning, they will have to breach one of the meanest defences in the league.
The Robins have only conceded 32 goals from 28 games this term, and will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 3-0 loss to West Auckland Town.
Gareth Bainbridge – who has scored four goals in his last five games – is sure to be a constant menace for the Roofing defence.
McLoughin has also admitted his side will be ‘severely depleted’ for the clash against the FA Vase quarter-finalists, with Corey Barnes, Kyran Whitehead and Anth Myers all out, and Jamie Marshall a big doubt.
He added: “That will make things even harder for us and just reinforces how important it will be to keep things strong at the back and develop a ruthless streak in front of goal when the opportunity comes.
“If we don’t do that, we will get punished again and we can kiss goodbye to another three points.”
Kick-off is at 7.30pm.