Accrington boss James Beattie hopes his Stanley side can bounce back from Valentine's Day heartache when they host derby rivals Bury tonight.
The Reds enjoyed a 2-0 lead against second-placed Scunthorpe last Friday, only for the visitors to mount a second-half fightback.
The in-form Iron drew level by the hour mark before scoring a third in stoppage time to win it 3-2 and break Accy hearts. That kept the Reds just one point above Bury towards the bottom of League 2.
“I told the lads I was as disappointed as they were, if not more so,” said Beattie. “But we've got to process that disappointment and get it out the way because we've got a massive game on Tuesday.
“There were plenty of positives from the first half but not many from the second. We'd managed to get ourselves two goals up against a very good side and all the right things were said in the dressing room at half-time.
“But (Scunthorpe manager) Russ Wilcox made a couple of changes at half-time and I don't think we adapted. Quite why, I don't know, but we'll have a look at it and try to address that.”
Portsmouth won on Saturday to climb above Stanley, leaving the Reds in 20th place, one point and one place above Bury.
“The position that we're in now is a tremendous achievement from where we were earlier on in the season,” Beattie added. “It's not to be sniffed at.
“Our points average for the last 19 games is just below two and that's championship-winning form. If we got off to any sort of start this season we'd be sitting much prettier in the league.
“They've got to pick themselves up, they've done it before and I'm sure they'll do it again. We're a good side when we do the right things.”
Kal Naismith (hip) remains doubtful after missing out on Friday. That allowed Lee Molyneux to make his first start since rejoining the Reds on loan from Crewe.
The winger capped his return with the opening goal before top scorer Peter Murphy put Stanley 2-0 up with his ninth goal of the season.