ROTHERHAM United’s players have been urged to protect their shirt once they have possession of it and defy someone to take it from them.
Manager Andy Scott says that anyone who gets a shirt should make it their property.
“It’s yours and if someone is trying to take that shirt off you then it’s like someone trying to break into your home and taking your money and your jewellery,” said Scott.
“That shirt is what you work for, it’s your livelihood, your means of improving your careers, earning a better contract, win bonuses, success, medals.
“They should be fighting tooth and nail to not let anyone take that shirt off them and that’s what it’s about - being on the pitch for 90 minutes giving your all and remembering that your livelihood and that of your family, rests on it.”
Scott - whose team take on Plymouth Argyle at Don Valley Stadium tomorrow - acknowledged the good response and much better display on Tuesday against Crewe after the criticism handed out last Saturday at Barnet.
“The response from them was good but they are an honest group who don’t take things to heart and try to help each other,” said Scott.
“It’s very easy to criticise and say what they are doing wrong when it goes wrong but after Tuesday it was a case of let’s talk about what went right and why did they play well.
“It’s just as important to realise why you’ve played well when you have done so.”
Gareth Evans - out since mid-January with a back problem - came through 70 minutes of his comeback in the reserves 0-0 draw at Bradford City.
Scott said he would now see how he recovers to see if he is back in the squad tomorrow or for Tuesday’s home game with Torquay.
Plymouth arrive battling against relegation, a season-long struggle having been set off by a run of eight straight league defeats after an opening day draw.
They moved out of the bottom two with Tuesday’s 2-1 win at AFC Wimbledon making it two wins and a draw in their last three away games and one defeat in seven.