Doncaster were forced into a tactical re-think after they were ‘picked off’ by the Cherries earlier this month, Richie Wellens has revealed.
And, so far, the results speak for themselves.
Boss Paul Dickov has relaxed the demands he previously placed on his midfielders to continually press the ball following Rovers’ 5-0 thumping at Bournemouth.
That pressing is now left to the two strikers and Doncaster’s midfield have been told to sit off the opposition.
The ploy has produced seven points from a possible nine, and two clean sheets, against Huddersfield, Watford and Nottingham Forest.
However, stand-in skipper Wellens is not resting his laurels and wants his teammates to relax more in possession to create more chances.
“At Bournemouth we pressed them and pressed them and just got picked off so much it was untrue,” he said.
“The last three games we’ve just sat off and let the opposition’s deep lying midfield player play with our two strikers.
“It’s been a lot more difficult for teams to break us down.
“We want to work hard and keep a good shape,” he added.
“I just think when we we’ve got a good chance to put a good ball in or make a chance, we’re just a little bit rushed and impatient.
“If we can close down and work as hard as we do, but then relax a little bit when we get the ball, we’ll make more chances.”
Pleased with a point at Forest, Wellens says Saturday’s performance at the City Ground set the benchmark for Rovers’ five remaining away games at Burnley, Leeds, Ipswich, Millwall and Leicester.
“Charlton have got four games in hand but I’d rather have the points on board,” said Wellens, on the battle to avoid the drop.
“Four games ago it wasn’t looking as good. Those seven points from three games have put us in a much stronger position.
“We need to concentrate on our away performances.
“Our home form’s been good. We’ve matched everyone, bar a couple of teams.
“If we can keep on performing like we did on Saturday away from home, maybe pick up a few more points and maybe a win here or there, we’ll be all right.”