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Wellens Calls for Winning Mentality

11 October 2014

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Experienced midfielder's expectations lifted following recent results.

Richie Wellens has said that Doncaster Rovers must be looking at a play-off spot as minimum this season.

The experienced midfielder played two games in three days for Paul Dickov’s side, both of which Rovers won.

“We’ve got to be looking at the top six. It’s if we can keep all the players fit. I’m starting to feel good about myself now so hopefully we'll be in and around the play offs,” he said.

“We don’t think we've had a great start so we've just got to defend better and stop conceding silly goals and we'll win more games.

“Consistency is massive. When players do well, they stop doing the things that have got them to that point. We're cruising and people start switching off and thinking it's too easy. It was the same at Scunthorpe, when we went 2-1 up and people's mindsets change. If you keep doing the same things, then we'll keep improving.”

Tuesday night’s game against Burton Albion saw youngsters Mitchell Lund and Billy Whitehouse make their competitive debuts, with the former playing the full ninety minutes at right back.

At the other end of the age spectrum, Wellens feels that Doncaster is the “right place” for developing footballers.

“It's huge for a club like Doncaster to bring players through. It's good for the fans because they want to see their local young lads making their debuts for the team where they grew up and this is a good club to do it at because there's no pressure on them.

“Obviously we want to win football matches and do well but it’s important that we develop them and the manager puts them in and takes them out when he sees fit.

“One thing for sure is they’re going to get their chance because of the size of the squad. Mitchell’s come in and done great, Liam Wakefield did the same against Scunthorpe and did great and there are options for the manager there, but it is a small squad and the youngsters are important,” he said.

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