DARLINGTON manager Gary Bennett is hoping that Quakers will turn the Division Three corner at Plymouth this afternoon.

Quakers, who are 17th in the table, go into this afternoon's game against their 1996 play-off conquerors with increased confidence after their 4-0 win at York in midweek.

And Quakers, who are level on points with Plymouth but have an inferior goal difference, need a good result to lift some of the gloom, after a run of two wins in 12 matches which has seen them slip into the bottom half of the table.

They also need to ease the increasing concerns of the fans, some of whom are planning a protest at the home game against Chesterfield next Saturday.

"I'm looking for a very positive response after Tuesday night," said Bennett.

"We need to be more consistent. We played well against Lincoln just before Christmas, then we were flat against Chesterfield and Rochdale.

"The players must have belief in themselves, and they showed what can happen when they took the lead against York the other night. We taught York a lesson."

Bennett revealed that he has changed the team's style of play after two recent below par displays.

"Before we played York, maybe we were concentrating too much on playing long balls up to the front men, and we were becoming too predictable and getting carried away a bit.

"I held a meeting with the players on Monday, and we decided to go back to passing the ball around more, and I think that showed at York.

"David McMahon and John Williams can hold the ball well up front without us hitting long balls towards them. They've both got very good feet, and they will get better as a partnership."

McMahon had his best game for Quakers since his arrival from Newcastle and Bennett had words with the on-loan striker after expressing his disappointment with him against Rochdale last Saturday.

Bennett's biggest problem today will be who to leave out.

He is keeping his fingers crossed that Paul Heckingbottom will have recovered from a stomach strain to play at left back, which will then give his side a better shape.

And he has yet to decide whether to recall Andy Collett in goal, or keep Frank van Der Geest there.

Tickets go on sale to season ticket holders today and Monday for the LDV Vans Trophy game against Shrewsbury on Tuesday.