Grant McCann insists Rovers are only looking at the next game and not league standings as they seek to finish the season strongly.
Speaking to the media ahead of the clash with Tranmere Rovers at the Eco-Power Stadium, the Rovers manager was asked about the two sides’ differing fortunes since the reverse fixture in October.
But he refused to dwell on Rovers’ current standing - and said that stance has been replicated within the camp.
“I think it’s important for us to focus on every single game now and not get too far ahead looking at the how the table is at this moment in time, or anything like that,” McCann said. “We have to focus on it game-by-game.
“We want to try to finish this season really strongly. That’s what we are trying to do and this group of players that we have fit and available are well versed in that in terms of how we speak to them and work with them on the training ground.
“We want to approach every game with a freedom about ourselves. Let’s try to take the game to the opposition.
“I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, when we are on our game, we’re a good match for any team in this division. I think we’ve shown that this season.
“But when we step off it, two or three players aren’t performing or we haven’t got things right tactically, we can certainly lose.
“It’s about bringing everything together and making sure we really attack these next 17 games and see how we go, starting against Tranmere.”
The match against Tranmere is the first of a three-game run within the next week and McCann believes that presents the opportunity to build some momentum.
“It’s been a stop-start four or five weeks for us, with cup games sandwiched in between and we haven’t really played a lot of league games in that time,” he said.
“We haven’t had chance to get a run together in the league but with the games coming thick and fast now, it gives us a real chance to build some momentum.
“We’re looking forward to it. It’s a good week ahead for us and hopefully we can come out of it with a decent return of points.”