Darren Ferguson says Doncaster Rovers must show a basic desire for victory when they welcome fellow strugglers Blackpool to the Keepmoat today.
Despite a haul of one point earned from 33 available – the club’s worst points run in more than 50 years – Rovers could find themselves out of League One’s bottom four at the end of the Easter period with victory this afternoon.
To do so Ferguson says they will have to show character – something he called into question following Friday’s collapse at Colchester United which saw them sink to 22nd in the table.
The Rovers boss launched a scathing attack on his players in the aftermath and said he would be justified if he selected the youth team for today’s game with Blackpool.
He seems certain to make multiple changes for what is a must-win relegation clash.
“It’s going to be a really tough game,” Ferguson said. “I keep saying the same things, that we need to win and all the rest of it.
“But we have to show a desire to win the game. We didn’t see it on Friday.
“Blackpool will try to play on us taking a hammering and that we’re obviously nervous. The start of the game will be important.
“I have to focus on picking who I think are the right characters for Monday. I need to see people who want to fight for this football club and to stay in this division. That is clear.
“All everyone wants to see is that desire.
“Sometimes you can accept losing a game of football because it just doesn’t happen for you. But to lose in the manner we did on Friday, it was probably the worst defeat I’ve had.
“If we win, we go above Blackpool. But we’re not going to win any games of football playing how we did at Colchester.”