Reds went into the game on Monday night with a 5-0 win over East Preston in the Sussex Senior Cup, having previously lost three games in a row and scored no goals in five games.

Cioffi said, "Last month we may have dropped by one percent, but that's normal, our identity is very clear, our process is still learning, we need to learn from our mistakes.

"The real stepping stone was Monday, what I demanded of the guys was to be professional and play the game with the same mentality as a league game.

"If they could do it against a tough squad in a lower league in a terrible place, that would be a foundation for our success."

Cioffi praised the determination of his players in their victory in the first round of the FA Cup, notably David Sesay and Nathan Ferguson, who both played the full 90 minutes, although they had suffered early punches.

He said, "Sometimes an episode can change a game, you want to give 100 percent, but you can fall to 99 because you have pain in your ankle or shoulder.

"David Sesay had a strike after 15 minutes, but he played the whole game. [The] The same happened to Nathan Ferguson as he twisted his ankle, but everyone wanted to be on the field and be part of that successful night.

"The squad is aggressive and likes to chase one or the other place."

The Reds greet League One's high-flyers Oxford United on Tuesday night at The People's Pension Stadium in the EFL Trophy before returning home to Morecambe in the league on Saturday.

"We're going to Oxford to do our best, and then we'll think about Morecambe," said Cioffi.

"The boys have to be ready on Tuesday, but after Tuesday night they want to be ready for Saturday, it's step by step."