Grant McCann insists the focus of Rovers is only on picking up three points this weekend as they visit Sutton United.
The current position in the Sky Bet League Two standings was a topic of conversation as McCann met with the media ahead of the trip to south west London, with Saturday’s hosts Sutton currently sitting in the division’s bottom two.
But McCann says his only concern is collecting plenty of wins over the final 18 matches of the season.
“We’re just looking forward to the game,” he said. “I wouldn’t use the language of ‘must win’ to anyone in this building and we’re not speaking like that. We want to go and perform and win the game.
“The talk of ‘must win’ and this, that and the other can be from outside the club. For us, we just want to focus on the game and try and win it - which we do all the time. For us, it’ll be no different.
“We’re not speaking about relegation. We know we’ve got 18 games left and a lot of points to play for.
“We’ve lost a couple of players but the squad is looking healthy. We’ve recruited well in January. For us now, we have to make sure we hit these games head on, every single one of them, and see where we go.
“All we’re doing is looking at how high up we can finish in this table and that is our focus.”
The theme of self-focus continued for the Rovers manager when asked about the challenge Sutton will pose at the VBS Community Stadium.
“I’ve been focused on us. We’re focused on getting our own game right,” he said.
“We know them, we’ve seen them, we’ve watched them and done the work on them that we do on every team. But the whole focus on this game is on us and making sure we play our game and come away with the three points.
“When it comes to fighting, I think every game is like that. You have to win duels and fight. That’s what we have to do in every single game because then you get to play your football after that.
“We have to take the game to them, get on the front foot and make sure we’re attacking them and creating opportunities to score goals. We’ll hopefully try to do that and get the three points.”