TOMMY LAWSON has told his Skelmersdale United players they must stick to their pass and move style.
The United boss voiced his displeasure at the end of Tuesday night's win over Stafford Rangers after they uncharacteristically began to play "long ball football" in the second half.
Lawson says Skem cannot abandon the footballing principles which have worked wonders in recent seasons.
And the United boss insists they must not resort to long ball tactics this weekend when they welcome Frickley Athletic to West Lancashire.
Lawson says the Yorkshire side are a physically imposing outfit who would relish dealing with high balls launched at them from distance.
"We face another big side this weekend," said Lawson, whose side are fifth in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
"We really are going into the valley of the giants.
"Stafford had one huge centre-half on Tuesday night and when we started playing long ball, it just played into their hands.
"When we played around them, that is when we had success.
"Frickley are a very, very big side who will be in our face.”
He added: "Stafford played well in the second half. We dominated the first half and played some great football.
"But in the second half we started playing long ball, which is totally not like us. It is not something we do.
"I had a go at the lads after the match because that I don't like watching that type of football and my teams don't do it.
"In the first-half the football was really entertaining but we went long in the second half.
"But I think we need to give Stafford a bit of credit for forcing us to do so.
"They came to us with nothing to lose. And 2-0 is always a funny scoreline because one goal back and the opposition suddenly has their tails up."
Midfielder Aaron Turner had an operation on Monday to help strengthen his knee and will begin rehabilitation immediately.
Lewis Field, suffering with an abductor problem, is set to go under the knife on September 16.
Defenders Tom Hardwick and Rob McIntosh were both in the squad for Tuesday's win over Stafford, with McIntosh used as a late substitute.
Skem follow up the Frickley match with a trip to Witton Albion, a home game with Chorley and then a journey to Buxton at the end of the month.
An FA Cup first qualifying round tie with Northwich Victoria is sandwich in between.
"This next run of game will allow us to gauge ourselves against, potentially, the better sides," Lawson added. "They are games we are really looking forward to and the opposition to do my job for me because they lift the players."