Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor will keep faith with the side that produced such a determined display against Whitehawk on Boxing Day.
Town were desperately unlucky to walk away from the game against Whitehawk with nothing to show after outplaying their highflying visitors for long periods.
Relegation threatened Whyteleafe will pose a different type of challenge tonight (Friday) but Bloor believes his side can gain confidence from their recent display.
“I was delighted with the effort and determination we showed. In the first half I thought we completely outplayed them.
“We had a shaky start but we got our way back into the game and could easily have been three or four up at half time.
“I plan to run with the same side against Whyteleafe. They deserve their chance as they played so well. I believe if we show the same level of commitment then we will be ok against Whyteleafe but we know it will not be easy.”
Bloor also stressed the importance of three points. Performances have been good but Town continue to slide towards the bottom end of the table.
Town are seven points off the bottom three on 22 points from their 21 games. Tonight’s visitors are third from bottom on 15 points from 22 matches.
Bloor added, “We know what we have to do. We need to string a couple of wins together and I’m confident we can do that. I think things are moving in the right direction.”
The Town boss is set to keep Kai Bicard as the focal point of his attack with Owen Kessacks and Nathan Crabb supporting from the flanks.
Bloor said, “We are not really playing five across the middle. It’s a 4-3-3 when we have the ball and we can drop into a 4-5-1 when we don’t, it’s quite a fluid way of playing.”