Danny Schofield insists the focus this week has very much been on how Rovers can earn a positive result this weekend rather than the changes made at Crawley Town.
Saturday’s hosts Crawley this week appointed Scott Lindsey as their new manager following his departure from fellow Sky Bet League Two side Swindon Town.
While admitting Lindsey’s arrival will have changed Crawley’s complexion heading into the weekend, Schofield says his own side must concentrate on their own approach to the game.
Schofield on Crawley’s appointment of Scott Lindsey so close to the game:
“I think it was rumoured a few days ago so we were away that could materialise and it has done.
“He’ll only have a few days to work with his players but I’m sure he’ll try to implement his style. He has a clear one, that he has been implementing at Swindon with some degree of success.
“It’s not always easy to prepare for this game but we’ll focus on ourselves as much as anything, with the understanding of what he might implement in a short space of time there.
“For me it’s identifying their players and the strengths and weaknesses of their players. They’ve had a number of different managers this season so they’ve probably had different messages delivered to them based on what the manager wanted at the time.
“It’s not always easy but we have to identify what we think the players might do individually and collectively and prepare the best we can.
“One thing we’ve done well is really focus on ourselves and what we do. We’ve tried to create a way of playing football and the lads seem to be buying into it and owning the situation by making better decisions on the pitch within our structure.
“That will be our main focus and we’ll try to implement what we do to as much effect as possible to have a positive impact on Saturday.”
On the progress made since his appointment:
“I think it’s generally been positive. The results have been mixed and my team will always be judged on results. But if we put that aside and look at performances, we look at physical output which has improved, we look at playing a certain way with and without the ball, there is real clarity with the players and the messages have been consistent.
“It’s just about growing that. I feel the results mirror where we’re are - we can win and we can lose football games. I speak about consistency all the time and there’s no given right to turn up and win a football game.
“We focus on keeping improving things, making sure we’ve got the drive and desire to be better tomorrow the we have been today and then hopefully that gets more positive performances going forward.”
On taking confidence from the performance at Leyton Orient:
“There were lots of positives, particularly in the first half but also some in the second as well. I think if we’d have left with a point then no one would have argued. Unfortunately we didn’t but the performance was a good one against the league leaders. I’m disappointed we didn’t come away with anything.”
On picking the same starting XI for three consecutive matches:
“I think the lads who I’ve picked regularly have deserved it based on performances and the two previous results. If they’re playing well and still in a physically good shape, in condition to start the next game, and they deserve that they’ll be in the driving seat for a starting place.
“It’s been difficult for those coming off the bench because they’ve not had many minutes. We don’t have a U23 or reserve team at this club so they’re not playing games. They get their fitness in the training sessions and we try to replicate the game as much as possible to make sure they’re prepared to come on and impact the game when required.”
On what the club is looking for in the transfer window:
“I think it’s got to be the right person as well as the right player. It must be someone who can come in and impact the team. Someone who perhaps has a stand-out attribute that we’re lacking. It has to be the right person and the right player.
“It’s always competitive in January because you find that a lot of clubs want similar types of players. Clubs are either investing in players to stay in the league or doing so to try to get promoted.
“The players that are identified, there’s always other clubs interest so it’s competitive in the January market.”
On Frank Sinclair’s appointment as U18 manager:
“He’s a great bloke. I played with him at the back end of his career for a season or two. The wealth of experience he brings both as a player and a coach is invaluable for the young players. I think it’s the right man in that position.
“It’s important to expose the young players to as much as possible. We’ve got a number training with us quite regularly to prepare for games, so they’re exposed to the messages and the intensity we want them to train at.
“We have a good relationship with the Academy staff so we need that pathway to be as clear and aligned as possible.”