DEREK GOULDING has backed goalkeeper Tim Horn to shake off the disappointment of his telling error against Ossett Albion.
The Burscough stopper was deceived by the Linnets' uneven pitch on Saturday and failed to deal with a routine effort from the visitors' Luke Sharry.
It proved the match-winning goal as the Yorkshire side held onto their 2-1 lead.
Goulding was disappointed to have lost the game and felt Burscough were worthy of a draw but was pragmatic about Horn's error.
And the Greens manager says his goalkeeper will be back to his best this weekend when the side travel to Salford City.
"You don't get many of those errors over the course of a season," said Goulding.
"When the game looks like it is going to pan out and be a draw, it comes as a slap in the face.
"But the pitch at Burscough is not the best and the shot hit a divot or a bobble and has kidded Tim.
"It has crept in when usually he deals with those sort of shots easily.
"People make mistakes all over the pitch but in that final third of the pitch they can be costly.
"Tim has been a top keeper for us since he came into the side and doesn't throw many in.
"That pitch is awkward for anyone and it is just unfortunate that those mistakes matter."
Burscough defeated Salford City 2-0 earlier in the season but Goulding is expecting a tougher game this weekend.
"They have changed quite a bit from the start of the season," he said.
"They have brought in a couple of more experienced names so they are probably stronger than they were when we played them.
"They are above us in the table so it will be a tough game but hopefully the pitch will be nice."