FOURTH-placed AFC Fylde host Chorley tonight in the Evo-Stik First Division North clash.
It is a vital game for both sides, with the visitors just one place above Fylde.
The home side need to bounce back after a2-0 defeat at the hands of Woodley Sports on Saturday, a point readily accepted by manager Kelham O’Hanlon.
He said: “The Woodley game on Saturday was massively disappointing for me in that we lost a game that we probably should have won.
“We had three clear-cut one-on-ones before we went behind, and if any of them had been converted, we would have been a lot better placed to go for the win.
“It was difficult for us as we were playing on a plastic pitch, that I thought was not of a very good standard.
“I told the players at half -time that we just needed to up the tempo.
“It was disappointing to go a goal down just before half-time, but that’s how the game went – they took their chances and we didn’t.
“The game-plan certainly didn’t change after we went a goal down.
“You get setbacks all the time in football – its part of the game – and we just needed to be more clinical in front of goal.”
O’Hanlon knows the need to win against Chorley could not be greater.
He said: “In my view, tonight’s game is the most important of the season.
“Both teams lost on Saturday so we need to make sure we get the three points today.
“It’s a bit of a derby so I’m looking forward to it, and it should be a good game.
“There are still six games left of the season, and we’re in a very good position.
“We need to build from it starting with a win tonight.”