SIMON Walton says Guiseley must bounce back from their 4-0 home defeat to Dover if they are to win their fight for National League survival.

The Lions head to second-bottom Southport for another important match on Saturday, and the former Leeds United midfieldman is determined that there will be no repeat performance.

He said: “That is not what we have been about recently. It is easy to see the performance and the result is a million miles away from what we have been producing consistently in recent weeks.

“We’ve got to learn and move on from it but we cannot accept it. We spoke about it and know we cannot afford any more of them if we are to achieve our goals.”

Guiseley dropped a place to 17th after their defeat but remain five points above the relegation zone with six games to play.

The goals they conceded also dented their goal difference, a point not lost on Walton.

He said: “It is not easy to accept if you lose 1-0 undeservedly but it is easier to accept than getting battered 4-0.

“They were all sloppy goals and at the end frustration crept in and we gave a couple of goals away which could cost us goal difference wise.

“We got what we deserved overall, which has not happened too often recently.

“We’ve got to make sure it is a one-off, a blip, and get back to our standards we have shown more often than not in recent games..

“We’re not stupid enough to think the job is done. We know how big the next six games are.

“We have to get back to the standards we have shown and if we do, we should be fine.”

Manager Adam Lockwood has been analysing what went wrong and is determined to move forward as his team enter the final run-in to an eventful campaign

“The biggest thing was conceding goals that were avoidable. And that was what disappointed me," he said.

“We’ve got to look to move forward as we have a lot of big games coming up. We must keep preparing as we have been doing.

“We have to make sure we are right - 99 percent of the time we have been this season since I have been involved. We hope to keep that percentage up as much as we can in the next six games.

“I am not too bothered about anybody else. The boys have been fantastic and I am sure they will be for the coming weeks. "My job and Dave’s (Penney) work is to keep them as right and prepared as possible.”