With four consecutive league defeats, the last being a 2-0 home loss to Wigan Athletic, David Artell spoke of how he and his staff are maintaining confidence amongst the squad as they look to improve results.
He said: “I think there is habit forming and I have never been a big one about confidence, it’s a thing and I truly believe that if you believe in your ability then you’ll do well. It’s down to application and ability.
“All in all, it comes down to whether you can actually do the job which is completely different to confidence. It’s about ability. We constantly say to keep improving, keep doing the right thing and believe in your decision making.
“There are some lads that are getting experience that in other seasons may not have, but at the same time we reassure them that they have our support and constantly give them the belief that they’re good enough in the hope that they show it. And if we have enough of them on any given day, then we’ll be fine. That’s the bottom line.”
He added: “I think the first thing is you want to see the same level of commitment and effort, as well as desire to improve and their quality they have shown in the past to win the game. You want to see a bit more invention, but you’ve got to temper that with the understanding of where they’re at.”