Start is crucial to bouncing back

Jason Scotland has urged his Town team mates to get off to a flyer against struggling Doncaster Rovers.

The striker believes the Blues’ recent woes have partly stemmed from not hitting the ground running – culminating in going 2-0 down at Millwall inside the first 10 minutes last Saturday.

Scotland believes a decent start is imperative to lift the home crowd and increase pressure on a morale-hit Rovers side.

He revealed: “The manager has said we need to start better. He pinpointed a couple of things but we know we can play better.

“Doncaster are a good passing team and I think in this Championship, there isn’t an easy game. We have to impose ourselves on the game, hopefully get a good start and kick on from there.”

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After a fantastic six-match unbeaten run, where the likes of West Ham and Brighton were put to the sword, Town have since lost two on the spin with performances, as well as results, below-par.

Admittedly puzzled by the downturn, Scotland said: “We have been extremely disappointed after the good run we have been on. Maybe it is a mental problem. We didn’t start well enough and we switched off against Millwall. We have to look at ourselves and think maybe we could do better.

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“We lost at Palace and Millwall and hopefully we can put things right on Saturday and get three points.”

But Scotland did have particular praise for fellow Trindadian international Carlos Edwards who has been able to put his off-the-pitch problems behind him.

The striker said: “He has had his issues but they never affect him on-the-pitch. He always seems to put in good performances – like nothing is on his mind.

“He didn’t so well last weekend (against Millwall) but that was the first time the gaffer has taken him off this season. I don’t think it has really affected him. Knowing him all these years, he always gives 100 per cent when he goes out on the pitch.”

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