Grant McCann is determined to draw a line under the first half of the season and ensure Rovers deliver on a much more consistent basis in the final few months of the season.
The Rovers boss labelled results from the first 23 matches of the Sky Bet League Two campaign as ‘not good enough’ despite seeing positive signs from his team for much of the period.
And, after three successive defeats over the festive period, he is keen to ‘flip’ the story in the second half of the season and enjoy a much more positive run as he continues his rebuild of the club.
“The last three games have gone,” McCann said. “We’ve addressed them inside the building and we’ve spoken to the players about them. Now we want to move forward into the second half of the season. We’ve got 23 games left and we need to flip around what we’ve done in the first half of the season.
“What we’ve done in the first half of the season for us is not good enough but now we’ve got an opportunity to flip it around in terms of our form and win a lot more games than we did in the first half.
“For us, we want to try to get some of the players back and to strengthen in January. We want to get the confidence back into the group.
“There’s been a lot of change in this last year with myself, Cliff, Kyle, Lee Glover, new head of medical coming in, the physio leaving, new players, injuries - there’s been a lot of change. When you sit back and think about it, it’s clear to see.
“When we first came in, I knew myself that it was going to take some time - hence what you saw at the start of the season when we didn’t start well and over the last three games where we’ve been really disappointing.
“It’s about getting the competition back for the players, improving on the group, getting the confidence back and us getting back on the ball, taking the ball, taking risks and being the team I believe we can be.”
Rovers head to Mansfield Town in their final game of 2023 on December 29.