Tommy Rowe credits manager Darren Ferguson with taking the pressure off him this season.
The in-form midfielder has clocked 22 appearances for Rovers this term, with praise for his performances including the Man of the Match award following Saturday’s win over Grimsby Town.
Rowe was complementary of the boss and how his words of wisdom have helped him progress as a footballer.
“Going back to basics has certainly helped my progression, I had a conversation with the gaffer a few weeks back and he made sure that I was not putting to much pressure on myself,” he said.
“It helped, hopefully it will be a benefit in the second half of the season. I love the pressure and I am that type of player who can get motivated on that.
“It’s the butterflies that you get and as a footballer you enjoy that sort of moment, every single game for is important for me and that has got more evident as I have got older.”
The ex-Peterborough United man watched his former side beat Notts County in the FA Cup in midweek and he is looking to replicate a similar outcome on Boxing Day when Rovers visit Meadow Lane .
“We saw them against Peterborough in the cup and it was a difficult game for them, we need to look at how they unlocked their midfield and essentially do the same,” he said.
“There is a real determination to stay in that top three and that has been our goal from the start of the season.”