Doncaster Rovers: Change of mentality has reaped rewards - Wellens

Richie Wellens in action against QPR.
Richie Wellens in action against QPR.
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Richie Wellens says Rovers’ newfound powers of recovery can be put down to a change of mentality.

Saturday’s win against QPR and Tuesday’s draw with Birmingham saw Rovers come from a goal down on both occasions, something they had failed to do in nine previous attempts this season.

And Wellens reckons that’s down to a different mindset.

“I think over the last few weeks the gaffer’s changed our mentality slightly,” said Wellens.

“Instead of trying to win every game, we’re looking to stay in the game and be difficult to beat.

“The longer we’ve stayed in the game in recent weeks, it’s presented opportunities to go and win it.”

“We beat the best team in the league [Queens Park Rangers] on Saturday, so that should be a massive confidence boost for everyone, especially the younger players in the group,” he added.

“We’re a couple of games unbeaten now and we’ve got to try and extend that this weekend.”

Wellens was hoping to train normally today after struggling with a back problem since the start of the week.

He was brought off as a precaution at half time at St Andrews.

“I felt something in my hip flexor, and my back was stiffening up,” he said.

“It doesn’t help playing at the Keepmoat. The pitch is rock hard.

“I struggled on Monday in training and didn’t feel right during the game at Birmingham.

“I’ve always had a dodgy back throughout my career,” he added.

“I’ve just tried loosening it up and hopefully I’ll be okay for Saturday.”