Paul Dickov says his Rovers side must use the 5-0 hammering at Bournemouth as a kick up the backside they need to ensure they survive in the Championship this season.
In a performance Dickov labelled ‘inept from start to finish’, Rovers were blitzed by a Bournemouth side with the bit between their teeth and who ran riot with a Yann Kermorgant hat trick and a brace from Harry Arter.
Always keen to draw positives from any situation, the Rovers boss insists the manner of the defeat could be a good thing for the run-in.
“It was a kick up the backside the lads probably need,” Dickov said. “And they’ll get a few more kicks up the backside this week. It could be a big wake-up call.
“Maybe they were thinking we’d stay up easy or maybe they’ve bought in too much to me keep repeating that I think we’ll stay but.
“That game shows we’re in a right scrap and sometimes it’s not a bad thing to be reminded of that. We have to stick together now because we’ve got some big games coming up.
“We’ve proven over the course of the season that we can play well and get results but we were well below our standards.
“For the next 13 games our standards have to be bang on and a lot more like those we set a few weeks ago.”
From the first whistle Rovers were pushed on the back foot and rarely got off it.
After his longest changing room inquest of the season, Dickov labelled the shaky defensive performance as ‘uncharacteristic.’
He said: “We were all over the place defensively as a unit. Their front two were a handful, we knew that would be the case, but we didn’t deal with it.
“As well as being out-played, we were out-fought which is uncharacteristic of us. Days like that, as a manager, I won’t accept.
“I had them in the changing room for a good length of time and few home truths were told.”
Mark Duffy missed the game with a hamstring problem but a scan revealed minimal damage and he should be fit for this weekend’s visit of Huddersfield.
Paul Quinn was also spared the long trip to an on-going hamstring issue but should also be in contention for Saturday.