Manager Grant McCann says Rovers need to play every game like it’s their last after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat away at AFC Wimbledon.
Rovers saw John Marquis sent off for a second bookable offence six minutes after the break before Steve Seddon and Shane McLoughlin grabbed the win for Sky Bet League One’s bottom side, and McCann felt his side played things far too safe.
“It felt like we played things very safe, we passed the ball backwards too much, we lacked the intensity we were looking for, especially in the first half, and that’s not like us because that’s not the message we send across to the boys,” he said.
“It’s always a tough place to come Wimbledon, and they’re fighting for their lives really, but I was proud of the way the boys reacted after John got sent off, we took risks, we tried to get a goal back, but it just wasn’t to be for us.
“Like I said, I think we reacted fairly well after going down to 10 men, we do that quite well where we react to adversity well, we need to make sure we start the game a lot better though and go out as though every game is the last game that we’re going to play.”
Rovers hit the road again on Tuesday night when they face eighth-placed Blackpool at Bloomfield Road. Heading to the coast in search of a first win in five games, McCann is keen to see his side grab the opportunity to get back to winning ways with both hands.
“We need to find that flair, that ability to create chances, that ability to find the freedom that we have found so often before, we need to get that back because it really was missing here and that’s disappointing,” he said.
“We’ll get it back though, we still have 11 games to go in the league, we’re still in the top six, but we need to find it quickly because the games at this stage of the season are coming thick and fast now.
“We can’t just go having good spells in games, we need to be good throughout, we have to take advantage of different situations that come our way, there’s still a long way to go though so we’re going to be straight back at it ready for Tuesday.”
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