GEORGE Thomason hopes Wanderers can produce their first “complete performance” of the season to send fans home happy against Peterborough United this weekend.

A bumper home crowd is expected to take advantage of reduced ticket prices at the Toughsheet Stadium in the club’s first Community Day of the campaign.

Many will be looking for a big improvement on the defeat at Reading, which saw the Whites drop down to seventh in the table.

Ian Evatt’s side spurned a host of scoring opportunities and Thomason admits the late collapse meant there were some bruised egos on the training ground as the players refocused on Posh’s visit.

“It always feels sore for a few days after a defeat, I don’t know of anyone who gets over a bad result easily,” he said.

“We analyse, regroup, see what we need to do better, but I don’t think anyone needs much telling where we let ourselves down in that game. We should have put them to the sword, and we have to improve on that.

“It was a tough learning lesson, but we have a big game coming up, Peterborough are one of those sides that will probably be right up there at the end of the season, so that is where we start to put things right again.”

Wanderers remain three points off top spot with a game in hand on leaders Exeter City but are carrying several injuries in the squad and are still monitoring top-scorer Dion Charles, who was brought off at Reading with a shoulder ligament issue which left him unable to play on.

Thomason is confident the club can continue to operate at the top end of the table but admits there is plenty of scope for improvement on what they have produced to date.

“I think Derby was the closest we have got to that complete performance, up to the sending off,” he said. “It is piecing it all together and staying consistent that has been the issue, really. Maybe it is believing in ourselves a bit more as a group?

“I don’t think there is any reason not to be confident with the way the manager sets us up, it is just about having that bit of inner desire, bravery on the ball, and then doing the things we are coached to do.

“In the moments we get that right I think we have shown we are a match for absolutely anyone, but I do think it is just a case of stringing those moments together more often.

“We rarely play poorly and win – and maybe it is not a bad habit to have? But I think if we could add that to our bag of tricks then we won’t go far wrong.”